Relief is in sight for town's basketball, tennis courts
Published 7:39 pm, Wednesday, April 14, 2010
It could finally come to pass this year that basketball and tennis courts at two town parks might receive long overdue renovation.
The bid was awarded April 8 for renovations to the basketball and tennis courts at Young's Field and the basketball court at the Emmanuel Williamson park in Gaylordsville.
The project work will be done by Hinding Tennis Courts of West Haven. The company's bid was $200,000.
Mr. Calhoun and the town's Purchasing Authority reviewed the bids last week and the Parks & Recreation director noted Monday work to the courts won't use taxpayer dollars.
In September 2009, the Town Council approved $183,000 for the project. That money is to come from the Waste Management settlement fund.
"Just as George Doring had hoped the money would be used -- for recreation or education," Mr. Calhoun said of the late Zoning Commission chairman who oversaw the town's legal dealings with Waste Management over the landfill site just off Route 7 south.
The balance of the projects' cost will come from the town's capital reserve fund.
Mr. Calhoun is waiting to hear from the United States Tennis Association regarding a possible grant. The exact amount the town might receive is unknown at this time, however.
The association gives out grants in the spring and Mr. Calhoun is confident the town will receive some assistance from the national organization. If received, the grant money would be used to reimburse the captial reserve, Mr. Calhoun said.
"We've met with them on a few occasions and they helped us prepare the bid specs," Mr. Calhoun said.
Construction could start in May or early June, he said, with completion expected around July 1.
Mr. Calhoun said the courts are in terrible condition, with repairs made over the years. The average life expectancy of an outdoor basketball or tennis court is about 15 years, he said, and the four courts to be renovated are all more than 30 years old.