Lavaca Looks to Restore Tennis Courts

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In 1980 the City of Lavaca built a new municipal complex complete with a park and tennis courts.

Over the years many improvements have been made, including an addition to the building, installation of new playground features and crape myrtles have been planted.

The tennis courts, however, have received little if any attention. The courts are 40 years old and in need of a major overhaul. Restoring these courts to like new condition is a priority for Mayor Hugh Hardgrave.

Years ago people played tennis on the courts. But over the years a lack of maintenance and poor construction methods have left the courts pitted, holding water and nets that are falling apart. As a result, no one plays tennis there anymore.

According to the mayor’s office, bringing the courts back to life – back to playing condition – would benefit the community in many ways: another way to get some exercise, family fun and a place for student athletes to hone their skills.

But it will be an expensive undertaking. An engineer was hired to evaluate the courts. The estimated cost of repairs is $230,000. This includes new concrete, drainage work, new fencing, new nets, new surface, new markings – new courts.

The city has submitted a grant application to the Blue and You Foundation requesting $150,000 in funding. An inquiry was made to the United States Tennis Association, and the mayor will meet with a local representative from that organization in early July in hopes of securing additional funding.

The goal is to renovate the courts at little or no cost to the city. The mayors office said while this project is a priority, it won’t happen over night, but that the end result will be worth the wait.

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