By SKIP ANDERSONThe public tennis courts at Jim Warren Park and two area playgrounds will soon experience significant upgrades.
The public tennis courts at Jim Warren Park and two area playgrounds will soon experience significant upgrades.
Each of the eight tennis courts at Jim Warren Park are slated to be resurfaced, have new nets installed, and receive new net posts and center straps. New fencing is also part of the $75,550 project, which will be funded “through grant and city monies,” according to Paige Cruse, athletic foreman. She said that in addition to use by individuals, several groups regularly rent the courts, including Poplar Grove School and Freedom Middle School.
“I expect court rentals to increase due to all the improvements being made to the existing courts,” Cruse said.
But the tennis courts aren’t the only recreational facility at the park slated to receive a little love from the city; its playground will also receive a new “Pour in Play” surface, Cruse said. Pour in Play is billed as a maintenance free surface made of bonded crumb rubber. The surface is relatively forgiving, she said, in the event of a fall from heights from play structures. It is also ADA approved and and regarded as an environmentally friendly surface.
Likewise, the playground at Liberty Park is sure to become a little cooler in the near future, as well. It’s scheduled to receive a new shade structure for its existing playground. The playground projects at Jim Warren Park and Liberty Parks will cost $55,683.59, also funded through grant and city monies, Cruse said.
The pre-bid meeting will be scheduled within the next two weeks to discuss the start of both projects, Cruse said. The winning bidders will be expected to complete the projects in about 45 days from the start date.
Jim Warren Park, located on Boyd Mill Road due west of the downtown area, has a 58-acre footprint, boasts 12 lighted baseball fields, four football fields, a fishing pond, a 16,000-square-foot skatepark, and, among many other amenities, offers visitors a 2.5-mile walking trail.
Liberty Park encompasses 85 acres and offers three “tournament play” baseball fields as well as a 10-hole disc golf course. It is located east of I-65 on E. McEwen Drive.
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