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Dickinson Park tennis courts resurfacing means everyone shares at Treadwell Park


Posted: Aug 04, 2020 7:00 AM

Work on the tennis courts in Dickinson Park last week had a ripple effect on the courts in Treadwell Park.

With Dickinson’s five courts closed for resurfacing, that meant local tennis fans had to share the four available courts at Treadwell Park. Fortunately, the overlap is short lived.

A team from Classic Turf Company LLC arrived at Dickinson Park on Thursday, July 23 to begin the week-long project on the ten-year-old playing surfaces. Preparation work was carried out on Thursday and Friday, then the painting and relining of the courts was carried out this week.

The Woodbury-based company installed the post-tensioned concrete courts in 2010. The courts were due to be redone last fall, according to Parks & Rec deputy director of Parks Carl Samuelson.

“With the weather and other delays we had to wait until spring and then this spring we had COVID,” Samuelson said on July 29. “Now that we’ve been able to get them here, however, they’re right on time.”

The cost of the resurfacing, Samuelson said, was $ 45,000. These fees include the cost of resurfacing a basketball court in Dickinson. This tribunal will end in the fall, he said.

Meanwhile, last week’s session of Newtown Parks & Recreation’s summer tennis camp, which takes place at Dickinson Park, has moved across town to Treadwell Park.

For the fifth of seven scheduled sessions presented by Fairfield County Tennis, campers traveled to the Philo Curtis Road location for the four-day event.

Students aged 4 to 15 can register for the remaining two sessions of the camp offered Monday through Thursday, with a rain date on Friday if required.

Non-campers could use the courts at Treadwell Park before each morning’s session began at 9:30 a.m. and then had to wait until the end of each camp session at 1:00 p.m. to compete for the courts.

Jayson Matos pours paint and Brendan Lajoie prepares to continue working with a paint squeegee on one of Dickinson Park’s five tennis courts this past Tuesday morning. Both men are employees of Classic Turf, a Woodbury company that installed the Town Park tennis courts in 2010 and returned for resurfacing this month.

Classic Turf Construction crew chief Vasil Preka works the paint with a squeegee on one of Dickinson Park’s tennis courts this past Tuesday morning. Preka said the work was to be completed by July 30.

By late morning on Tuesday July 28, Dickinson Park’s two southern tennis courts had received their first coat of new paint. The three north courtyards were under construction when this photo was taken.

Fairfield County tennis instructor Paul Goldberg watches a student at Parks & Rec tennis camp return a lob during Tuesday morning’s session at Treadwell Park. The camp moved this week to Treadwell Park due to resurfacing work at Dickinson Park.

A tennis camper licks instructor Karma Vijay during the July 28 session at Treadwell Park. —Photos of bees, Hicks

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