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High school tennis courts ready for play

by Kurt Hildebrand

The Douglas High School tennis courts have reopened for public use after an $88,938 facelift.

Advanced Asphalt removed the plastic tiles on the court, repaired the cracks and put down a 2-inch asphalt overlay and color coat to resurface the courts.

School Board member John Louritt and county commissioner David Brady inspected the courts on Friday.

The renovation marks the end of an experiment using plastic tiles on the court, which were installed in the early 1990s.

Douglas County owns the courts which were built in 1979 with money from Land and Water Conservation Funds. Four asphalt courts were built at the time.

By 1991, the courts were in need of repairs and the school district and county paid $50,000 for the plastic tile surface.

The interlocking tiles were designed to offer a permanent surface, but quickly filled with dirt, making them difficult to play on.

“They worked fairly well early on,” Parks Superintendent Craig Burnside told members of the Parks and Recreation Commission in May. “But they are really hard to get dirt out of. They probably work fairly well where sediment isn’t blowing in all the time.”

During the same meeting, Community Service Director Scott Morgan said the tiles were a fad and though they are still sold, they should be removed.

Work on the courts was paid for from residential construction tax, which raises $1,000 per building permit.

There are only eight county-owned courts in Carson Valley and eight at Lake Tahoe. Indian Hills installed six courts at James Lee Park.