SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) – A Santa Fe mother wants to know why the city has let its local tennis courts fall into such disrepair. They’re so cracked that she thinks it’s a danger, and she wants to know why the city is focusing more on building new courts before fixing the ones it already has.
Karla Moya-Crites said there aren’t many places to play tennis in Santa Fe outside of the Herb Martinez courts. She is afraid that someone is hurt there.
“When my son has to take tennis lessons he has to deal with that and if he were to run and stop in one of these cracks he could actually tip over and cause a fracture in one of his cracks. limbs or even to his arms because it’s just broken, ”Moya-Crites said.
She said her son’s tennis coach, along with other parents, had been pushing the city of Santa Fe to renovate the courts since 2019. Moya-Crites says the city allocated money to the courts before the pandemic, but did not. follow and instead converted the tennis courts at Fort Marcy Park to pickleball courts.
Dave Herndon, a spokesperson for the city, said he didn’t know what money Moya-Crites was referring to, but said the city has $ 600,000 to rebuild the Herb Martinez tennis courts in the session. legislative earlier this year. The spokesperson said he was still awaiting approval from the city. Moya-Crites said she was happy that action was finally taken, but is still upset how long it has gone on.
“This area here is part of the south side and again on the south side, I feel like it is overlooked in terms of the facilities we have for our kids, the parks that are not abandoned,” Moya said. -Write.
Herndon said they decided to convert the Fort Marcy tennis courts to pickleball courts because it was a more “doable” project that cost the town around $ 30,000. Herndon also said Herb Martinez is the top priority for the city’s parks department and that they hope to complete construction next spring.
The city said it hopes to make Santa Fe a destination for regional pickleball tournaments, an increasingly popular sport with older Americans.