New Price tennis courts take shape
What started as a vision three years ago is now rapidly becoming a reality.
The new Price City Tennis Court complex along 300 East and 400 North has gone through the first few phases of the project that will see six new courts in place by mid-August.
Russell Seeley, Price City Engineer, said work on the concrete foundation was done over two days on Wednesday and Thursday of last week as construction workers put down and smoothed out the concrete where the new courts will be placed.
"Everything is going very well so far with the construction," said Seeley.
Seeley said with the concrete now in place, the work on the courts will move to other areas over the next four weeks. Seeley said workers will begin installing new fencing around the area, working on landscape work around the new courts and putting in sidewalks including one between the north tennis courts and the Wave Pool.
Once the four-week period is complete, Seeley said the general contractor on the project, Parkin Tennis Courts, will be able to install the acrylic surfacing on the six courts at the complex.
While the new courts are a welcome sight, local tennis players will also be happy with the installation of lights at the complex. Seeley said that lighting structures will be placed along the three north courts which will allow for high school and other players in the area to practice and play late into the evening.
The old courts were well over 30 years old and were considered to be very dilapidated. With the addition of lights, the new complex will be a complete change from the city's old courts that were covered with cracks, divots and many other problems.
Three years ago, a group of supporters packed the Price City Council chamber speaking to council members of the need for new tennis courts in the area. While the process has gone through changes over the three years, the hard work came to fruition in May as the work on the new tennis complex began.
The project is a three-way partnership between Price City, Carbon School District and the Carbon County Transportation and Special Service District with each entity helping to fund the cost of the project.
Work is expected to be completed in mid-August just before the start of the Carbon High School girls tennis season, Seeley said.