Well, tennis fans, this is the time of year that our Board of Parks and Recreation begins to do whatever it has planned to do with that part of its budget earmarked for its outdoor tennis courts. In the City’s Capital Plan for 2009-2011 there is $725,000 budgeted to spend on “tennis court rebuilds and repairs”. If we are correct to assume that last year’s redo of the two courts at McSpadden Park, Queen Elizabeth Park’s famous Blue Court Nine, perhaps the repainting of the courts at the Trout Lake Community Centre, and net replacements at various locations, all came out of that one pot, there still remains a significant amount of money to be spent this summer and next.
There may be an additional complication to affect timing here. Last fall workers chalked graphs onto the court surface at four spots. Bystanders were told these were to become vent holes into the reservoir beneath the courts. Park Board staffer Sam Bachra knew nothing of this when I recently spoke to him about plans for the Queen E courts this summer. He is aware now. If it turns out that Park Board must coordinate its surfacing project with the GVRD’s planned vent hole work, there could be delay for that reason. Let’s hope the courts actually do get the promised paint job this summer.
The False Creek Tennis Club, who normally rent from Park Board use of courts atop the building at 650 Moberly (the Charleson Park courts) two evenings per week through the summer, have been reallocated courts at Jericho Beach Park this year. That is to allow for work to be done on the building at 650 Moberly, that will entail refurbishment of the five tennis courts on the roof. According to info posted on the False Creek Tennis Club web site, that work is scheduled to happen in July and August. Some tennis fans may recall that this job was rumoured to have been planned for last year. Presumably it will actually happen this summer.
Speaking with a Park Board staffer on this subject around a year ago, Peter Jackson and myself were informed that the work atop 650 Moberly was required to address structural problems having nothing to do with the tennis courts. But the job would require resurfacing the courts, and cost in the neighbourhood of $500,000. Note that such a sum takes care of a great big chunk of the current Capital Plan budget for tennis courts. There should be information on the tendering of this work available on the Park Board web site some time soon.
If anyone knows of other tennis related projects the Park Board is undertaking this summer, please let us know.
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