The tennis courts at Lakeview Park are getting a makeover.
The courts, located in the southern part of the park, had fallen into disuse.
Before the project started, the courts were lined with cracks and weeds and were essentially unplayable.
A team from the rue Lorain department started working on the project at the end of September.
The project will be in two parts and at the earliest, the courts will be playable again in the spring of 2022, city officials said.
“We are installing new concrete and plan to resurface and repaint it by the spring of next year,” said Mike Darmos, street superintendent for Lorain.
City officials wanted the concrete part of the project to be completed by winter, and they are getting prices from suppliers for the coating and resurfacing.
“It’s something we could probably do,” Darmos said. “But, I want to get costs from the professionals to come up and paint the lines.”
Currently, crews tear off the asphalt surface and replace it with four inches of concrete.
“Once the concrete is finished, we seal it and then the new surface can cover it,” Darmos said.
The city will seek grants from the United States Tennis Association for further improvements to the court, according to Mayor Jack Bradley.
Plans call for four tennis courts to replace four that have been dug up, although additional lines are likely drawn on some of the courts so that they can be used for pickleball, a game similar to tennis but played on a court. smaller in size. field in which players use a wiffle ball and paddles.
Coating some fields for pickleball should make the fields an even more attractive recreational option for residents, Bradley said, especially among seniors.
“There are a lot of people who are starting to play pickleball who don’t know how to play tennis,” he said. “It’s a little less intense and you’re playing on a smaller pitch.
“We thought if we could get these fields in shape, we could bring in pickleball players and maybe start a league. “
It does not appear at this stage that the city would enlighten the courts.
This is because the park closes at nightfall, according to a municipal bylaw in effect.
“The mayor asked about it (the lights) at a directors meeting, and the response was that the park closes after dark,” Darmos said.
At this point, the goal is to pour the concrete, then the grounds have been redone and surfaced and new nets installed.
“We’re just trying to take it one step at a time,” Darmos said.
Bradley said he remembers playing tennis regularly on the courts when he was young.
“When I was 18 or 19 the grounds were so beautiful and so well maintained,” he said. “It was really a showcase when people walked down West Erie Avenue.”
More recently, the courts have been a haven for dog owners who use the courts to exercise their pets.
“People have used it as a replacement dog park,” Bradley said. “We don’t want that to happen; we want these lands to be used for outdoor activities.