Park Rapids City Council agreed Tuesday, March 23, to submit a grant application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The request is for up to $250,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Outdoor Recreation program, to replace the city’s aging tennis courts at Depot Park.
The resolution states that the city “has the financial capacity to meet the match requirement (if applicable) and to ensure adequate construction, operation, maintenance and replacement of the proposed project for its design life. “.
The council previously filed approval for the grant application on March 9. According to the request for action attached to city staff, the finance committee recommended approval, with the city committing its entire 2021 and 2022 park budget – totaling $60,000 – to pay for the game from the city for the project if the grant is funded.
The total estimated cost of the project is $601,779, as per staff request. This includes demolishing existing asphalt courts, correcting the underlying ground structure, replacing with seamless post-tensioned concrete and finishing touches such as fencing, netting and footpaths.
“I couldn’t be happier,” Park Rapids Tennis Association president Kathy Peterson said of the board’s approval after the meeting. She added that she believes the tennis association would “absolutely” be able to raise the remaining funds needed for the project if the grant is awarded, in addition to the approximately $145,000 already pledged.
If they don’t win the grant, city engineer Jon Olson said, they will look at other options for scaled-down tennis court upgrades.
“I think there are great other options out there,” he said.
Peterson and Olson said the association hopes to afford the post-tensioned concrete option because it will provide the most durable playing surface for the community. “It would be there for generations,” Olson said.
If funding falls in place, Olson said, construction of the courts could take place in 2022.
Acknowledging that many people consider tennis an elite sport, Peterson pointed out that the courts are open to the public and free to anyone with a racquet and a box of balls.
For more information or to pledge support for the project, call Peterson at 255-4098 or write a check to the City of Park Rapids for the tennis court construction project.
In a late addition to their consent program, the board also approved a request from Rapids Spirits liquor store manager Scott Olson to purchase two free-standing Aurora double glass door refrigerators for $6,773 from Tweeton Refrigeration and to accept Davis Electric’s offer to power the coolers on the sales floor for $1,050.
In his council action request, Olson wrote that it will allow the store to make its six-pack beer section more appealing and add fridge space for craft beer crowlers (32-ounce containers) and drinkers. pre-mixed cocktails, “all growth segments for our store.”
Olson also noted that the purchase is within the store’s $10,000 budget for capital expenditures and was approved by the city’s finance committee.