What's going on here? Tennis courts getting facelift

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Frank Schultz
Sunday, September 15, 2013

What it is: Courts 7, 8 and 9 at Janesville's Palmer Park are out of action as a contractor rebuilds their surfaces, said Tom Presny, city of Janesville parks director. Work on the first of two phases began last week.

The first phase, to be completed by Oct. 18, includes removing the asphalt surface and base and  constructing a new limestone base and new asphalt surface.

The second phase will start no earlier than April 28, 2014, and will include a new surface coating and net installation.

What it'll cost: The city budgeted $60,000, but the bids came in higher. Bid winner Frank Brothers of Janesville will be paid $79,207.

Why it was needed: Cracks have been forming for a number of years, Presny said. Every three to four years, the city has filled the cracks with joint compound, resealed the surface, added a color coat and repainted the stripes.

History: The courts were built in 1962. The last time they were resurfaced was in 1990.

When the courts will be ready: The city estimates May 17, 2014.

Where can I play? Courts 1-6, which were resurfaced in 2004, are open for use. They are considered to be in tournament-quality condition, Presny said.

They are used for tournaments by the high schools.

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