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Council awards bids for Community Center projects


 

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

August 3, 2007


GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — Nearly a half-million dollars in two bids were awarded Thursday to contractors for a fourth tennis court and an outdoor play area at the Community Center.About $406,115 was awarded to Walters Company Inc. of Glenwood Springs for construction of the tennis court. The work includes site work, landscaping and necessary road work.Parks and recreation director Tom Barnes said the court will be made of “post-tension” concrete rather than asphalt. He added that this has the advantage of increased durability and could last as long as three or four times the life span of an asphalt court. In addition, it should provide for a more uniform playing surface over time and reduce wear and tear on player’s legs, he said.The city council also awarded a $45,687 bid to IFI Construction Corp. of Grand Junction for construction of the outdoor play area, or “tot lot.”

Plans for the play area include a water feature and a bouldering area in its 70-by-100 foot core. There would also be additional features including peripheral pathways, an interactive nature display, a slide, timber steps, a sand pit, a birdhouse and jungle gym.

In June, interim director of parks and recreation Bruce Munroe said the city was having trouble getting bids on projects that included excavation work such as the play area. But once that hurdle was overcome, he said, different civic groups indicated they would help out with constructing the features.

Barnes said the play area will be designed to target pre-school aged kids and appeal to different senses. It will include a lot of different textures meant to stimulate creative thinking and creative interest in kids, he added.

Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611
pfowler@postindependent.com

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

As a tennis player, I am thankful to finally see the 4th tennis court go in at the Community center as promised. I look forward to better accommodations for the local and high school tennis players, leagues and tournaments.

However, if the city had exercised some long-term vision, they may have discovered a more reasonable and economic option: Building two courts instead of one court at the Community Center and using the area that the Sayre Park courts occupy for something else.

The 2 courts at Sayre park are not only in terrible condition but a hazard to players. They require major reconditioning, probably resurfacing. Last year an effort was made by the city to patch the cracks. The effort produced rolls of elevated patching that actually made the surface more dangerous and unfit for play than before. 

The “being hit by a softball” is a real hazard at Sayre. Last time I was there, a softball came within 2 feet of taking my partner’s head off.  The courts are just back of the softball field’s left-field home run fence and that night a softball took aim on two occasions.  And that’s just my experience.  

In essence, moving the 2 courts from Sayre to the Community Center may be a better idea. 

A “move” would centralize the tennis courts in town making it a more enjoyable and a conducive atmosphere for the tennis player (some teams require 5 tennis courts). The “move” would also eliminate court maintenance costs at Sayre, free up space at Sayre for such things as Strawberry Days, and allow more manageability of the tennis courts through a reservation system monitored by the Community Center.

Economy of scale would suggest that building two, not just one court, at the Community Center may be more reasonable in the long run.  The contractors will be there building 1 court, why not lay a some extra concrete and make two.  And while they are at it, make the 2 courts “bubble friendly”.  I know it is a lot to suggest and probably too late, and there are budget and land issues involved. But, if it is feasible in whole or in part, it may be a much better long-term option.

Finally, I think with some long-term planning, the tennis community would be relieved the agony of going through this whole process again of requesting the city build another court down the road or resurface Sayre in the future.   

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by frvp on April 2, 2006 at 4:22 pm

    A letter to Jeff Hecksel:

    Dear City Manager,

    It was said in the movie Field of Dreams "Build it and they will come." Well, it was built and now we have come to play!  My name is Tim Brown, a resident of Glenwood Springs. I have been a tennis player for about 20 years. I came from Longmont, Colorado to the Glenwood Springs area about two years ago.

    In Longmont, there is a good-sized tennis community that participates throughout the year. Over the years, the city and schools allowed us to reserve the courts for our leagues and tournaments free of charge. The local tennis association in return donated a tennis net or two among other things as a sign of thanks. A few years back, a 2-court tennis bubble was put up despite the concerns of aesthetics and maintenance. It has since paid for itself and continues to be constantly booked throughout the winter months.

    Something similar can happen here in Glenwood Springs. I see a need to re-educate the City and Community Center of the interest in tennis in this area. I also see a need for a tennis association. From the beginner to the advanced, I think there are a good number of tennis players in this community. I’m sure there are many others in the community out of the "tennis loop" that would love to get involved too.

    Thanks to the tennis enthusiasts in the community, we have 3 of the 4 tennis courts promised at the community center. I would like to see that 4th or even a 5th court built. I understand that a kind gentleman, who unfortunately is no longer with us, donated a tennis bubble. I support the donated bubble being inflated somewhere on the community center grounds. Perhaps the bubble could be placed on the 2 additional courts just in the winter months. Additionally, the park courts are in poor shape. Someone is going to get hurt on those cracks!

    One day I got on the phone and called some players from a list about their interest in participating in a Men’s, Women’s, or Mixed Doubles league this Spring and Summer. The response was much more than I anticipated. I placed these players on tentative team’s lists, 4 in total. In the process, I also discovered that there are 3 other teams forming on their own and a strong possibility of an additional team forming before the upcoming deadline. That is a substantial number of 50 to 72 players on 6 to 8 teams that I feel it shouldn’t be ignored.  I'm sure that number could be more.

    Each league would play once a week for about 6 weeks. There are leagues in the spring, summer and fall. Roughly half the matches would be here and the other half against teams in Aspen, Snowmass,Carbondale and perhaps a few other areas too. And although the leagues are sort of a laid back social event forming relationships in the community as well as with other communities, it does offer the chance for those more competitive teams to represent Glenwood Springs in state, regional and national playoffs.

    The leagues would require approximately 6 to 8 hours a week of court time at the Glenwood Springs Community Center for part of the spring and summer. That is less than 10% of the court time for a substantial interest in leagues and feel it is not too much to ask. The other 90% is available for other tennis opportunities at the community center. I think with some creative scheduling, everyone’s tennis interest can be accommodated.

    Finally, I urge the city to re-evaluate the tennis needs in the community, build that 4th court that was promised in the staging area, put up the bubble in the winter and to give league players the opportunity to play their matches at the community center and parks on an annual basis.

    Thank you,

    Tim Brown

    Reply

  2. A reply from the city:

    Hi Tim:

    Thanks for your letter. If you are not aware, the City is going through a Parks & Recreation Master Plan update right now. I will forward your comments to Leon Kuhn the Parks and Recreation Director.

    If funding is available for 2007, the City will be looking at putting in the 4th court. It is high on the priority list. I am not sure on the condition of the tennis bubble, but believe it is not in the best of condition.

    Again, thanks for your comments.

    Jeff Hecksel

    Reply

  3. Posted by Anonymous on June 4, 2006 at 5:53 pm

    Great Job! Thanks, keep it up.

    Reply

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