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Conway Park gets more tennis courts as part of expansion


The City of Conway plans to rebuild the Riverfront Tennis Center which was closed due to flood damage from Hurricane Florence.

Conway’s Collins Park is in line for major upgrades that will include new tennis courts and more parking off 17th Avenue after city leaders approved an engineering proposal on Monday.

Site work still needs to be completed before the project can officially begin, but Myrtle Beach-based Rowe Professional Company’s $46,500 bid for engineering work ahead of planned improvements to the park and Conway Sports and Fitness Center was approved by City Council on Monday.

Construction costs would be separate and were not discussed at Monday’s meeting.

Several of the planned additions to Collins Park will replace facilities damaged by Hurricane Florence in 2018. The storm destroyed six courts and a clubhouse in what was then the Riverfront Tennis Center.

Officials turned that property into open space, but “our tennis community still had a desire to have clay tennis courts,” city spokeswoman June Wood said.

Plans call for the creation of three clay playing surfaces and two additional asphalt courts to the park’s four existing courts. A pair of pickleball courts are also included in the offer.

During a budget retreat in March, city leaders identified Collins Park improvements as a priority.

“We are excited to bring new tennis and pickleball opportunities to our citizens of all ages,” Councilman Alex Hyman told The Sun News. “We are optimistic that the addition of five tennis courts and two pickleball courts will not only bring various tournaments, but also improve our quality of life. »

This story was originally published April 6, 2022 00:00.

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