With the tennis courts at Garden Spot High School nearing the end of their lifespan, the Eastern Lancaster County School Board approved the design of new courts last year. But where to place these new courts was a question mark.
“Because we are landlocked on the secondary Garden Spot campus and the tennis courts had to be rebuilt in their current location or moved,” said Garden Spot athletic director Marc Schaffer.
The architectural firm Derck & Edson had since presented several options. Among them was the relocation of the courts to Blue Ball Elementary School, where the district had recently acquired land adjacent to the school.
At its May 18 meeting, the Elanco Board of Directors approved a contract with Bowmansville-based Sport Court of Pennsylvania to build six tennis courts on the campus of Blue Ball Elementary School for $643,625. $.
This project is expected to be completed by the end of October, at which time the old high school courts will be converted into additional parking.
This is one of the few projects underway this summer for the Eastern Lancaster County School District’s athletic facilities. Others include replacing flooring and lockers at the secondary school and new bleachers replacing the wooden bleachers in the school’s old gymnasium. These updates are part of a $3.13 million contract that was approved by Elanco’s board of directors at its March 16 meeting. The lighting in the high school gymnasium and wrestling room will also be updated, according to Schaffer.
Here are other projects taking place this summer at Lancaster-Lebanon League sports facilities.
Ephrata: Permanent dugouts will be built on the softball field, according to athletic director Steve Sweigart. It is not known how much the project will cost.
Lancaster Mennonite: Lancaster Mennonite athletic director Marvin Sanders says the floors in the school’s main gymnasium will be redone and the grass pitch will be reconditioned. Sanders said, “Once the COVID-19 issue subsides and we begin to get our school back to full health, we will discuss options to rebuild our grass pitch. This project is one of our main axes for athletics.
Center of Mannheim: The stadium turf was replaced over the winter, according to sporting director George Derbyshire. The previous turf has been there since 2006. It is unclear how much the project cost.
Pequea Valley: At its November meeting, the Pequea Valley School Board unanimously approved the creation of a cross-country team for district students in grades 7-12. With this program beginning this fall, a summer project is underway to design a home-based cross-country course.
solanco: Solanco recently had their stadium scoreboard replaced. The cost came to around $40,000, according to athletic director Anthony Hall. However, the project is free for taxpayers, as it was instead covered by a pair of 10-year sponsorships for Paul Risk Association and Leon C. Landis Inc.
Warwick: The main grass pitch at the high school is being redone as it has reached the end of its original life, according to Warwick athletic director Ryan Landis. The resurfacing project was approved by the Warwick School Board in November at a cost of $425,000. Resurfacing comes with a 10 year warranty.