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Depot Park tennis courts need repairs; school board to consider capital project

The four west tennis courts at Depot Park are in need of resurfacing, according to the Park Rapids Tennis Association. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Tennis courts at Depot Park are in need of resurfacing and the Park Rapids School Board will need to decide if it is a high priority for capital projects.

The Park Rapids School Board was told at its meeting Monday night that the four west tennis courts at Depot Park needed to be repaired.

Guy Reich, representing the Park Rapids Tennis Association, said the group is asking for financial assistance from the school district because the courts are on school property and are used by the tennis teams.

"These are about 14, 15 years old and they're in kind of tough shape, pock marked, quite a few cracks," Reich said. "They actually should have been resurfaced two, three years ago."

The girls and boys tennis teams use the courts extensively, he said.

The tennis association received a bid from a contractor in Ham Lake to resurface the four courts for $13,540. At the same time, the other four courts at Depot Park could be realigned for $1,100. The repairs would total about $15,000.

The Hubbard County Parks and Recreation Department has set aside $5,000 in the budget to use for court maintenance if there are available matching funds from other sources, Reich said. The city of Park Rapids has $5,000 in the 2010 budget, he added. If the school district could add $5,000, that would complete the project.

The tennis association would like to have the courts resurfaced next spring.

Superintendent Glenn Chiodo said it would be considered a capital project and can be discussed among other projects after Jan. 1.

School board member Gary Gauldin said that he understood the need for resurfacing but the district was also facing tough budget times in the future.

The board will discuss all capital requests in the spring and come up with a priority list.

In other business, the board:

-Was introduced to cross-country coach Kerry Johnson, who was named section coach of the year. Several of the girls cross-country runners who went to state were also introduced to the board.

-Was introduced to Todd Fritze, named section coach of the year for girls swimming and diving. Several girls who attended state for Park Rapids were introduced as well.

-Approved hiring Nate Harsha as a volunteer gymnastics coach.

-Approved hiring Ryan Loomis as a volunteer hockey videographer pending a background check.

-Approved hiring Juliann Kjenaas to replace Ruby Sharp at Century Middle School.

-Approved opening a building construction checking account with liquid assets.