After a year, Breck reopens resurfaced tennis courts
Summit Daily News
After a year off the courts, Breckenridge tennis players returned to find refinished surfaces under the nets just before Labor Day.
Now, town public works officials are turning their attention to the neighboring Carter Park sledding hill for safety improvements.
The tennis courts were closed last summer, and nearly for good, when wear and tear caused the uneven playing surface to become a tripping hazard.
“They made the concrete level enough that they could put a new surface on it and stabilize it,” assistant public works director Tom Daugherty said. “They look good.”
But the town considered closing the courts altogether.
“There was a debate on the larger use of the tennis courts,” Daugherty said. “It was whether to spend the money to fix these up versus doing something else. Looking at the recreational needs of the community, it finally got to the point of, yes we do need this court.”
The revitalized courts, which cost the town a little under $15,000, were reopened to the public at the end of August.
Now public works officials are beginning a project to change the grade of the nearby sledding hill at Carter Park to make it safer.
The current hill directs sledders, at what town officials worried was a fairly high rate of speed, toward a fence. So Breckenridge is taking on a project costing approximately $30,000 over the next few months to ensure the slope guides sleds into a safe, open landing area.
“They wanted to make sure the grade underneath (the snow) lent itself toward a sled-able hill,” Daugherty said. “The natural grading there made it so we would have to go out and do a lot of grooming to get a slope on the hill (that didn’t send people) places they didn’t want to be going.”
The redone hill, though the steepness will be about the same, will require less grooming and provide a safer run.
The project, which is only expected to take a few weeks and is set to be completed by sledding season, will also include fences and signs encouraging sledders to walk up the side of the hill to get back to the top. Currently, they tend to walk up the middle of the hill, putting themselves in danger of being hit by the sleds coming down.
The town is moving forward with the project as soon as possible.
“We’re going out and getting bids,” Daugherty said. “You (may) see dirt being moved out there as early as next week.”
The re-graded hill will be seeded for grass next year so it will look similar without snow to how it did this summer.
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