Park-goers can expect something new this summer as four tennis courts on the southwest corner of Lakeview Park South are undergoing renovations.
The courts, which have existed for years, are getting a makeover with new concrete and new playing surfaces.
All courts will be painted for tennis and two of them will be repainted to match the growing popularity of pickleball.
“We have been getting calls for many years to do something with the courts that were there,” said Lori Garcia, public property manager for the town of Lorain. “Residents would say the concrete was cracking and it was getting to the point where it was pretty much unusable.”
New concrete and surfaces for the courts were laid late last year, but not soon enough for the courts to be painted, Garcia said.
While the city was able to do the concrete and surface, they wanted to make sure the courts were up to scratch and hired an outside company to lay and paint the playing surface.
“Doing the surface layer is not something we’ve ever done, so we went to an outside supplier to make sure it was done right,” Garcia said. “Once it’s down, the city can maintain it for years to come.”
Revitalizing the courts costs $123,000 for concrete and the cost of laying it, and an additional $31,000 for the surfacing.
The good news, however, is that the courts are completely free and open to the public.
“We had a lot of requests during COVID for the courts to be completed as more people came out,” Garcia said. “It made sense that we were fixing the courts now.”
This decision is part of the revitalization efforts that Lorain has made in the city and its parks in order to restore interest in the city center and its surroundings.
Garcia said she hopes this renovation of the tennis courts will do just that and satisfy public interest.