By Tammy Gray
Just in time for the summer season, City of Holbrook crews are resurfacing the tennis courts at Hunt Park.
The old chipped and flaking surfaces are receiving a new layer of concrete, which will be poured in several stages. Crews began pouring the first section on Monday morning. The first court, located closest to the park, will be poured in about eight sections. The concrete will need to cure before the nets can be put back in place so that the court can be used.
Improvements to the tennis courts are part of a citywide effort to offer recreational activities for everyone. In late April, the city council agreed to reduce fees for citizens to use the city swimming pool and baseball fields. Children age 15 and under will receive free entrance to the pool. Youth between 16 and 18 will be charged $1.50 for admission, and adults will pay $2. The baseball fields will be available for $10 per hour when the lights are turned on, and fees will be waived for non-profit organizations.
City Manager Ray Alley told the council that recreational facilities like the swimming pool and golf course lose money every year and that the city should try and make the money up in other ways, and give back to the citizens by lowering fees so that everyone can enjoy them.
Use of the tennis courts and other facilities at Hunt Park, such as the barbecue area have always been free, but this year will be improved by the new smooth playing surface.