CA Investing in Tennis at Owen Brown

To use a tennis term, the outdoor courts at Owen Brown Tennis Club are in need of love.

That’s why Columbia Association (CA) will be spending $235,000 to renovate courts 7 through 12, a project that is scheduled to begin in mid-September and wrap up in spring 2013. Five other courts are inside, while one other outdoor court is for teaching and does not need repairs.

The asphalt on the courts breaks down over time and under exposure to the elements, much in the same way that roads do — though without the additional burden of heavy traffic.

“People expect our courts to be in good condition. It’s our responsibility to keep them in good condition,” said Bob Bellamy, director of Columbia Association’s Sport and Fitness Division. “These courts have had cracks and other issues over the past several years, which we’ve dealt with. This will make it so the courts will last another 20 or more years.”

The asphalt presently on the courts will be milled, and then the courts will be built back up with new asphalt and then color-coated.

That is one of two projects for the facility (which also includes courts in a tennis bubble for year-round play). The other project will replace the tennis clubhouse, a project listed in the conditional FY14 budget at an estimated cost of $350,000.

“The tennis community will get out of a new Owen Brown Tennis Club what it got out of the hugely welcomed new clubhouse at Wilde Lake two years ago,” Bellamy said, “which was a building that was bright and airy, and it satisfied their needs for socializing during tournament play, day-in and day-out.”

Written by David Greisman

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