City looks to resurface park tennis courts

PARKERSBURG – Officials say a plan to resurface the tennis courts at City Park could cost upward of $75,000.

Mayor Bob Newell said groups have been privately raising money for the project and it could be several years before enough money is available for the city to match funds on the project.

Newell said early estimates range from $60,000-75,000 to remove the existing surface and put a new one in place.

“There is more to it than just paving a street. You mill the surface like you would a street, but there is a special surface that must go back on,” he said. “You are talking about $6,000 a court.”

Newell said it has been at least 12 years since the court, which was originally constructed with private funding in the 1950s, was resurfaced.

“It sees a lot of use,” Newell said. “It is a well-used facility.”

The courts are used regularly for league play and have played host to high school sectional and regional events. Newell said it is not uncommon for the courts to see use almost every night of the week.

Newell said events like the Mayor’s Tennis Tournament, which was only partially completed last weekend due to bad weather and will continue this Sunday at the courts, helps raise money for improvements through donations, sponsorship and team fees. The city works with both the Mid-Ohio Valley Tennis Association and the City Park Tennis Association to generate funding for the courts.

In years past the Mayor’s Tennis Tournament has raised between $3,000-5,000. The money has been spent to help with items such as building new bathrooms, concession stands and a shelter.

Last year the Mid-Ohio Valley Tennis Association donated $10,000 from a joint project with the Parkersburg Rotary Club, the Valley Classic tennis tournament. The money was used to rebuild a fence.

Resurfacing the courts will happen “whenever we get the money, and it may take a while to do that,” he said. “That doesn’t mean we are going to wait six years to do it either. If they are able to raise a significant portion of the cost, we will try to do a city matching fund.”