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City Park tennis courts might be rebuilt, expanded

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Park City leaders someday want to rebuild the tennis courts at City Park, the only place in the city where the public can play without cost.

Ken Fisher, who manages City Hall’s recreation programs, said the Park City Council recently supported the idea of rebuilding the tennis area at City Park. There are two tennis courts at the location. Fisher said rebuilding the tennis site would involve tearing out the courts there now and replacing them with three new ones.

There is not funding in the City Hall budget, however, for the project. Fisher said staffers will consider requesting money for the work during the next round of budget talks, slated to start in the spring. He is unsure how much the project would cost.

"It’s not like it’s going to happen tomorrow. There’s no funding for those projects," Fisher said.

The most recent budget talks, held midyear, were some of the most difficult in years as the City Council crafted a spending plan amid falling revenues. There were various interest groups vying for funding from City Hall in the budget, and one of the largest expenditures went to recreation as the reconstruction of the Racquet Club was authorized.

Fisher said the tennis courts date to the early 1980s and are popular. But he said it costs more than it once did to maintain them.

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"As they’re aging, the cracks become more and more difficult to repair," Fisher said.

In a report to the elected officials, Fisher said "the courts are near the end of their useful life."

Fisher issued the report in anticipation of a meeting between the City Council and the Recreation Advisory Board, a panel that holds some influence on issues involving parks and other athletic facilities.

The report also touches on the possibility of building a stage designed for small performances at the southwest corner of the softball-rugby field at City Park. Fisher said in the report a stage like that "could potentially bring back such events as the ‘Concert in the Park’ series."

In an interview Fisher said a stage could be similarly fashioned as one at Newpark. He said there is not money set aside in the City Hall budget for the stage.