Outdoor tennis courts get a facelift

The outdoor tennis courts at Tomahawk Park have received a face lift - thanks in part to a generous donation from a local citizen. At a council meeting in May in which discussion ensued on the scope of the project to refurbish the tennis courts, Dr. Lance Jones gave more than his two cents worth on the project - in fact, he felt so strongly about the importance of preserving the three outdoor courts that he donated $5,000 of his own money to the city to do it. The city’s Park Board had made a recommendation to the council to refurbish two of the tennis courts and convert the third to a basketball court. After a great deal of discussion at that May meeting, and input from several local residents, the council opted to go with a plan to refurbish all three tennis courts, as well as the practice court. The total cost of the project was $25,000, with $5,000 of that coming from Dr. Jones. Last week, the project was completed, with a new surface and new paint being applied to all three courts, and some new fencing. The practice court also received new paint and new fencing. City Parks Superintendent Dan Anderson said it had been more than 15 years since any work had been done on the outside courts, and they were in pretty rough shape. With a number of organized tennis groups in the area, the courts can once again be used they way they were designed to be.