Tennis South Canterbury board member Ferg Hazlett looks at the stripped down courts which are being upgraded at the Trust Aoraki Tennis Center as part of an $800,000 project.
A major $800,000 resurfacing is underway to modernize Timaru’s Trust Aoraki Tennis Center.
Tennis South Canterbury board member Ferg Hazlett said the project covering the 14 courts started last week and although preparatory work began in November 2021, work had been delayed due to supply issues related to Covid-19.
Resurface’s initial budget was around $750,000, but it ballooned to around $800,000, and possibly even more, due to supply issues, Hazlett said.
The center is at Benvenue Ave on Timaru District Council grounds and the trust successfully applied for $159,000 from the council’s Covid stimulus fund in 2020.
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“It was this fund that prompted us to update the community asset because we are a voluntary organization,” Hazlett said.
The council also has reservations, has been successful in securing grants and will fundraise to cover the costs, he said.
The courts were almost 30 years old and had started to crack and there were also issues with the fence that needed attention, Hazlett said.
“Courts have a lifespan and continuing to fix them was too expensive.”
The courts are in the process of being completely stripped and will be covered with a hot coated surface and a synthetic coating.
“It will be a two-tone blue similar to the Australian Open courts [in Melbourne Park].”
The project is expected to be completed by the end of April.
Tennis South Canterbury is the tennis headquarters for the region and runs the Trust Aoraki Tennis Centre.
Tennis South Canterbury was established in 1921 and sub-associations were formed at Geraldine, Temuka and Te Ngawai (Fairlie to Tekapo). The first synthetic courts in Māori Park were opened in 1994.