Tennis courts

Tennis courts at Binghamton’s new amusement park need to be redone

The newly built tennis courts at Binghamton Recreation Park will be closed for several weeks because they did not meet contract specifications.

Mayor Jared Kraham said the top layer of asphalt on the West Side Park courts will be removed and replaced with new asphalt.

Kraham told WNBF News that the material used “did not meet the city’s expectations for drainage and water resistance.”

A view of the recreation park tennis courts from the spectator area on March 29, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A view of the recreation park tennis courts from the spectator area on March 29, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The mayor said there were “no issues with the underground drainage systems that were added” when the old tennis courts were removed. He said “it’s really just the top coat of asphalt.” He said he will be “ground” in the coming month.

Kraham said the planned work is expected to take six to eight weeks. He said the tennis facility will not be available when the work is underway.

The mayor said the project’s general contractor – Broome Bituminous Products of Vestal – will foot the bill for the asphalt replacement work.

Broome Bituminous Products construction equipment at the recreation park on March 29, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Broome Bituminous Products construction equipment at the recreation park on March 29, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Kraham said the tennis courts will be open once the resurfacing work is complete. He said the facility will be available for the Tennis Challenger tournament scheduled for July.

The mayor said that when it became apparent there were “some drainage issues” on the new courts, various factors were investigated. He said “ultimately it was determined through forensic analysis” that the problem was with the asphalt.

Kraham said there were no other issues with the new facility. He said he was happy with the new seats and the new tennis court fencing.

Last October, Mayor Richard David said the city was working with the contractor to address some concerns. He said that while the new tennis facility looked good and worked well, “we want what we paid for”.

FLASHBACK: Paving operations at the future tennis complex on April 28, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

FLASHBACK: Paving operations at the future tennis complex on April 28, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: bob@wnbf.com.

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