Sunday, May 1, 2016

Council Approved Clay Tennis Courts

Fairhope, Alabama

Bringing a years-long debate to an end, by a 3-2 margin the city council approved building six clay, self-watering hydra-courts at Stimpson Field just south of the clubhouse -- costing about $409K (lighting not included).

Local American Asphalt Inc. with subcontractor tennis-specialist All Star Courts of Covington  Louisiana, was the low bidder.

Councilpersons Burrell, Mueller and Brewer voted in favor and Ford and Boone against, favoring hard asphalt surfaces instead. (Boone owns property nearby)

Most Tennis Association members supported the clay, because it is easier on seniors with aging joints; but it will require more maintenance.

A full-time tennis pro will be hired as well and should be able to help with the added maintenance (one would have been hired even if hard courts were built).

Plans are to charge a fee for the use of the clay courts to offset added costs.

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