MTPA receives resurface grant

tennis banndersBarbara Lawlor, Nederland.   It would stand to reason that the tennis court closest to the entrance would get the most wear. In the case of the Nederland Tennis Court, the east court also gets the longest sun, so whenever possible, players set up on that court. Which leads to wear down of the asphalt.

In the case of the Nederland east court, it has also been used, although not that often, as a pickle ball court, with the painted lines going sideways to the tennis courts. Which could be confusing.

tennis pickle courtThat will all change in the next month, however. The Mountain Tennis and Pickleball Association applied for and received a grant of $2,650 from the US Tennis Association-Colorado to resurface the east court of the Racquets and Ice for the Nederland Kids facility.  In addition, to receive the USTA-CO grant, the town had to match the amount which was approved by the town board.

On Friday, June 10, RINK members met with Kristy Harris, the Community Development Director for the USTA-CO, Carolyn Peters, President of the USTCA Board of Directors, as well as Nederland Mayor Pro Tem Charles Wood, to receive the check for the resurfacing.

Dallas Masters and Marylou Harrison, of RINK, were happy to accept the check, and the grant which was one of two presented in the US; the other being in Minnesota.

The group inspected the damage to the east court surface, but also agreed that the nine year survival time was exceptional especially considering the wear that the courts get during winter when the courts are drowned in water to become the ice rink.

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It is expected the resurfacing will begin next Monday, June 20 and will take about three days to complete. The court will need to be scraped, all discrepancies flattened and then layers of surface applied.

Marylou Harrison says, “We are incredibly grateful for the support of the US Tennis Association and the town.” The courts are open for the season and the charge is $10 per month.

Barbara Lawlor

Barbara is a reporter for The Mountain-Ear.