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Anyone for tennis, or a pickleball match, in Park City?

Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

The outdoor tennis courts at the Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center will be redone in the coming months. They dated to the 1970s and suffered cracking annually. Christopher Reeves/Park Record

Anyone for tennis?

Or, perhaps, a pickleball match?

Not outdoors at the Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center until next year. Park City officials have started a major redo of the outdoor tennis courts at the Park Meadows facility, forcing an extended closure of those courts. The work began in the middle of August and is expected to be completed in the spring.

The seven outdoor tennis courts are being torn out and then replaced with new ones. Ken Fisher, who manages City Hall’s recreation programs, said the three courts that are put under a bubble in the winter allowing play to continue will be ready in November. The rest will not be finished until the spring, he said.

The project entails seven new tennis courts and the addition of four other courts where people will be able to play a sport called pickleball. Pickleball uses a badminton court with a lower net than a badminton match, according to the USA Pickleball Association.

The work at the Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center has required the tennis programs be moved to the tennis courts at City Park. Those courts were recently redone as well.

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Fisher said the overall work at the Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center is projected to cost approximately $650,000. Of that total, $450,000 will be funded with a grant from Summit County as part of its earmarks for recreation, arts and parks projects.

Fisher said the outdoor tennis court surfaces have cracked repeatedly in recent years, and some of the cracks have returned on an annual basis.

"They were built in the early ’70s. They’re asphalt based," Fisher said.

The new ones will be built using post-tension concrete.

The indoor courts at the facility will not be affected by the work on the outdoor courts.