WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (4/24/13) - Work is currently under way to repair the two tennis courts at the Providence Municipal Golf and Recreation Center.
“They are simply not playable,” said Jon Garrett, General Manager of the facility.
The tennis courts have been in that condition since the city of Providence acquired the Providence Country Club in 2010.
“We’ve been wanting to do this since we bought the facility, but things kept coming up,” said Providence Mayor Eddie Gooch. “Those tennis courts are one of the first things people see when they come to Providence, and they’ve become an eyesore.”
City crews have been working to remove the old courts, and when they are done, Ware Trucking has been contracted to put down the new pavement.
“Our goal is to be done by Memorial Day weekend,” Gooch said. “That is when the pool opens for the summer, and we thought it would be nice to have the tennis courts available then as well.”
Of course at this time of year weather can often hinder construction, so the City is making no guarantees on being ready in time.
The city already has two public courts available at the Providence City Park, which, Gooch said, get a lot of use. Reopening the courts at the Providence Municipal Golf and Recreation Center will not only give residents another place to play, it will also give them more opportunities to play.
“Jon (Garrett) is a big tennis player,” Gooch said. “He has talked about hosting some tennis tournaments this summer.”
“We will probably offer some free clinics for kids and look at starting some tennis leagues as well,” Garrett said.
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