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Binghamton will repair Recreation Park tennis courts in the spring

The tennis courts at Binghamton Leisure Park were renovated in 2021, but puddle issues persisted after construction ended. (Vaughn Golden/WSKG)

VESTAL, NY (WSKG) — City of Binghamton officials have announced plans to address puddles on the recreation park’s new tennis courts later this year.

Speaking at a City Council business session on Monday, Mayor Jared Kraham said the problem was with the asphalt topcoat on the courts, not a drainage problem as previously expected.

“It has been determined that there is no issue with the drainage itself. What was installed meets our specs and we actually did some additional drainage,” Kraham said. “There was a problem with the topcoat that was applied, the asphalt itself. So our contractor will change that asphalt in the spring at no cost to the city and we will need inspection and management additional construction as this continues.

Additional inspection and construction management work will cost the city an additional $12,000, according to a request for legislation presented to City Council this week.

The city expects work to begin on the asphalt in April or May and continue for a few months.

Kraham said the courts will be open in time for the Binghamton Tennis Challenger an eventwhich traditionally brings professional tennis players to the city.

“This tournament will be back this year,” Kraham told the Council.

The leisure park’s tennis courts were refurbished last year and have been named in memory of Harper Stantz, a 16-year-old girl who was hit and killed by a car on her way home from court.

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