The seven tennis courts in downtown Beaufort are undergoing overhaul and the job can’t come soon enough for the director of the local tennis academy, Larry Scheper.
“I feel good about it, but they’ve been saying it for quite a long time,” Scheper said.
Work is scheduled to begin in October, said Chris Ophardt, spokesperson for Beaufort County.
The $ 750,000 for the work is part of the Beaufort County Parks and Recreation budget, which is part of the overall county budget of $ 132.6 million for 2022 approved by County Council in June.
Beaufort County has public sports facilities located in communities.
The courts are located at 1105 Bladen Street, adjacent to Boundary Street.
Phase 1 will consist of resurfacing the courts and installing new fences, Ophardt said. Phase 2 will consist of adding parking and redoing the lights.
Scheper, owner and director of the Scheper Tennis Academy, said the courts are in dire need of repair and have been for a long time.
Besides the cracks in the courts, the fences for the complex were installed 20 years ago, he said.
Scheper said a group of Beaufort tennis advocates took photos of a nice public tennis complex in Hilton Head and submitted them, along with photos of the dilapidated courts in Beaufort, to prove Beaufort deserved the funding .
“We just love that the community is stepping up their efforts to fix the courts,” Scheper said. “We just want to be like everyone else. “
Scheper uses the courts daily for group cardio classes and workouts for players of all skill levels. He says the courts are an outlet for younger and older players.
“I can’t wait,” he said of the improvements.