RAPID CITY, SD– Thanks to a $3 million grant from the Rapid City Vision Fund, Sioux Park’s 12 tennis courts will get some much-needed love.
The courts currently in the park were constructed with asphalt, which requires ongoing upkeep and maintenance to repair cracks. Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Biegler explained that the new courts will be constructed with post-tensioned concrete, which will consist of a single large slab of concrete to prevent cracking. Drainage and lighting improvements will also be made to the area.
“This new project, the renovation project will not only replace the court services themselves, but also replace the fencing around the courts, the lighting that is there,” Biegler explained. “We can upgrade from the lighting we currently have to a more efficient LED lighting system, as well as other equipment to improve the facility.”
He hopes construction will be underway by spring or summer 2023, but is waiting to see how the planning goes.
“These courts are heavily used, both by a few secondary schools, as well as recreational tennis and general community tennis play,” he said. “So they are worn out. They’ve been in use for a number of years, and it’s to the point where they need to be replaced. It’s just time for them.