The public tennis courts around Butte need $31,000 in repairs, a local group told the Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners this week.
“There’s a lot of peeling and it does cause a lot of wear on players’ shoes,” Dot Warner, with the Butte Tennis Association, said of the courts at Stodden Park.
Warner gave a presentation on the state of Butte’s courts. She said that, of the tennis facilities in Butte, one at Stodden, two at Whittier School and four on Excelsior near West Elementary are unusable because of their dilapidated state.
And even the ones still in use need work.
At Stodden, two of the courts have cracks that need to be repaired and the remaining three need cracks refilled, as well as resurfacing. The courts at Father Sheehan also need work, although far less extensive repairs.
The cost estimate for the repairs at Stodden is $30,905 and at Father Sheehan it would come to $975.
At Whittier, the courts need to be scraped, blown and washed, have large cracks filled, resurfacing and
new lines painted. The total there would come to $12,250.
At the Excelsior courts, Warner said they have rough estimates of the work needed of $25,000 to $86,000.
But her group asked only that the Stodden and Father Sheehan courts get fixed. She said for the other courts they are looking at other sources, including grants from the U.S. Tennis Association, partnerships with the schools that use them and private donors.
Jennie Reilly, a BTA member, said it’s unfortunate the courts have decayed because it costs Butte the opportunity to host tennis tournaments. And she said the money the group is asking for could save public funds down the road.
“If we maintain them now, we won’t be looking at having to build new courts in the future,” Reilly said.