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New tennis courts near completion

New tennis courts near completion

October 12th, 2017 by Nicole Roberts in News

The new tennis courts at Dunklin and Lafayette streets are nearing completion as workers began striping the courts this week.

Todd Spalding, director of Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry, said they will apply lines to the parking lot and set up netting along the fence, along with other minor projects after they finish striping the courts.

"They're getting real close. There's just some little odds and ends they have left to do after the striping, but they're coming along nicely," he said. "I'm very pleased."

The courts are set to be completed by Dec. 1.

Lincoln University and the Parks Department partnered on the Myrtle Smith Livingston Park tennis courts project, which will feature four new courts, in 2015.

The project cost about $640,000. The Parks Department paid $340,000, and LU paid $190,000. The project received $75,000 from the Department of Natural Resources and $35,000 from the USTA.

The courts will be slanted from the roads to prevent the sun from shining in players' eyes. It will also have top-level surfaces and lighting to allow United States Tennis Association-sanctioned tournaments.

The courts will be open to the public and host programs like tennis lessons, leagues and tournaments.