Tennis courts

McKennan Parks tennis courts slammed by mother nature

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – It’s been a week since a deadly derecho tore through eastern KELOLAND, but signs of damage are still evident in many places, including Sioux Falls city parks.

On the McKennan Park tennis courts, they have replaced rackets with keys.

“We’re removing the fabric from the fence, securing the site, tearing down the fabric from the fence,” park operations manager Kelby Mieras said. “I’m just trying to create a safer environment here in the park.”

Last Thursday, these tennis courts were no match for mother nature as she served up 90mph winds that bent about two dozen poles near the bottom, causing major damage.

“The South Courts are available, but the North Courts are currently unavailable due to the condition of the fence,” Parks and Recreation Manager Don Kearney said.

Fencing usually sees a lot of tennis players at this time of year, but luckily not this year.

“The State Tennis Tournament isn’t being held in Sioux Falls this year, so we’re very lucky because McKennan Park is one of the host venues as far as Sioux Falls goes,” Mieras said.

At this time, the city does not know how much it will cost or when it will be fixed.

They contacted many fencing companies to get an estimate, but….

“We haven’t heard from the contractors yet,” Mieras said.

Because after a big storm like the one last Thursday, they’re probably busy fixing other fences that were also badly damaged.

The city sometimes realizes that’s just the way the ball bounces.

“We have tournaments coming up this summer and obviously we’d like to get it fixed before those tournaments,” Kearney said.

Besides the tennis courts, the city says the only other damage to the park system has been damage to trees, and it is currently working with its forest department to clean them up.


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