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City looks at improving tennis courts

City-owned tennis courts in New Carlisle could have new playing surfaces and nets this summer, pending the acceptance of a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

New Carlisle officials last year applied for and were awarded more than $23,240 in ODNR Recreational Trails Program money to fix degraded playing surfaces and nets and hardware with professional-quality replacements on the three courts at Smith Park, City Service Director Howard Kitko said.

The city, as part of the Smith Park Improvements Project, is required to match 20 percent of the grant money. If city council members approve, that match will be a mix of monetary and labor costs totalling nearly $7,750, Kitko said.

“People have been requesting the tennis courts be repaired for some time now, so we’ll be able to fulfill some of that,” he said.

Total project cost is estimated at $30,990. The legislation will be introduced at council’s regular meeting tonight and a vote to accept the grant is expected at the March 4 meeting.

No start date for the tennis court project had been set as of Friday, but Kitko estimated it could begin sometime this spring, depending on weather.

The work would likely be awarded in an informal bidding process to a company that deals with such projects.

Companies Kitko has discussed the project with have said it would take about two weeks for the courts to become playable again once the work started.

If there’s any money left over after finishing the tennis courts, the city will use it to improve two parking areas at the park — one to the north and another to the south of the tennis courts on Smith Street, Kitko said.

City staff members would do some of the parking lot work, including replacing parking blocks and striping pavement. A paving company will replace the surface.

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