Tennis courts

Game, set, match: Wetaskiwin public tennis courts reopen

The repaving of the Wetaskiwin tennis court is officially complete.

After being closed in early summer when work on the revitalization project began on June 6, Wetaskiwin’s public tennis courts are now freshly paved and open.

The community courts, which include four courts lined up for tennis and pickleball, are open to the public all day, seven days a week.

The total cost of the project was fully covered by available grants and amounted to $220,000.

The Town of Wetaskiwin says the Canadian Revitalization Grant covered $144,000 of the total cost, with the remaining $76,000 being funded by the Alverta government’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant.

“The full cost of the project was completed ahead of schedule and we hope the community will benefit from it for many years to come,” said city recreation program supervisor Cal Zimmer.

The city says the revitalization was badly needed given that the pitch surfaces had deteriorated and were no longer in a safe or playable condition. During the revitalization, a Plexipave hard surface was installed – the same surface has already been used at prestigious tennis events such as the Australian Open and the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.

The surface of the hard courts features a three-inch asphalt base topped with an acrylic resurfacer with silica sand and is coated with a sand-enriched Plexipave color. This coverage provides an even surface texture and determines game speed and court traction.

The new courts have an expected life expectancy of 20 to 25 years.

To help preserve the surface quality of the courts, the City asks users to wear appropriate sports footwear, such as shoes with non-marking soles, when on the courts.

(Shaela Dansereau/Pipestone Leaflet)


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