July 14, 2007
Park City plans to buy a new bubble to cover three of the Racquet Club’s outdoor tennis courts during the winter, allowing play to continue during the cold and snowy months.
The City Council recently unanimously authorized staffers to purchase a new bubble for $190,500 from a firm known as Yeadon Fabric Domes, with its sales operations based in St. Paul, Minn.
"It gives us seven indoor courts to use in the winter," says Ken Fisher, who manages recreation programs for City Hall.
The bubble is put up in mid-October and is taken down in mid-April. Fisher says he hopes the new bubble is installed in October. He expects the new bubble to last at least 10 years and he says it will feature better lighting.
Yeadon made the bubble being replaced at the Racquet Club and Fisher says in a report to Mayor Dana Williams and the City Council it was installed more than 13 years ago. At the time, it was expected to last eight years.
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"The current bubble cannot be used for another season as we have already extended its life beyond the original life expectancy," Fisher says in the report.
The city picked Yeadon over another firm, which priced a bubble at $267,000, the report indicates.
The Racquet Club is a popular Park Meadows recreation facility, with the tennis courts being among the favorite offerings.
"We’d have to cut back on our programs," Fisher says, explaining the consequences of not replacing the bubble.
Compiled by Jay Hamburger