The Four Rivers Community School has contributed to an ambitious city project to modernize the courts at Beck-Kiwanis Park.
Four Rivers Community School has partnered with the City of Ontario to renovate the Beck-Kiwanis Park tennis court complex. (The Firm / PAT CALDWELL).
ONTARIO – Just over two years ago, the city and the Four Rivers Community School faced two different problems that turned out to have simple solutions through a unique cooperative effort.
The city needed to renovate the deteriorated tennis courts at Beck-Kiwanis Park.
Four Rivers wanted a court for their high school and college tennis teams.
“Our grounds were in such bad shape,” said Adam Brown, City Manager of Ontario. “They volunteered to participate. “
This resulted in a $ 209,000 project to renovate the tennis courts. The project was completed in October and the courts are open, Brown said.
Brown said the city used the marijuana tax revenue to invest $ 164,000 in the project while Four Rivers provided $ 45,000.
Finding a contractor has proven difficult, he said.
“We went out to tender in August 2019 and got no response,” Brown said.
Brown said the city was ultimately successful in attracting a Meridian company, Cascade Famous Fence and Tennis Courts, to upgrade the park’s four tennis courts.
Four Rivers superintendent Chelle Robins said the school approached the city in the fall of 2019 about the project.
“Four Rivers originally used the city’s two courts near the aquatics center, but that wasn’t enough space to accommodate the growing enthusiasm for our tennis program,” said Robins.
The school then used the courts of Treasure Valley Community College.
“However, there was always a need for more courts to accommodate our tennis players and the possibility of hosting matches. This led us to Beck-Kiwanis Park where there are four courts, fully fenced and lighted,” said said Robins.
“This partnership with the City of Ontario has given us the opportunity to have more home court space and improved community recreation space,” said Robins.
Robins said the project was a win-win for the community.
“Anytime you can share the costs and have increased access for the community, it’s a win for everyone,” Robins said.
Brown said improving the tennis courts is “one of our strategic priorities to make sure people have things to do in the community.”
“So that adds to the quality of life,” Brown said.
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