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The City rehabilitates the tennis courts | Stony Plain Reporter

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Thanks to a federal grant, the Wetaskiwin tennis courts will benefit from much-needed repairs.

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At the regular Wetaskiwin City Council meeting on April 11, council approved a plan to install PetroMat, three inches of asphalt and Plexipave color surfacing that will give the tennis courts another 30 years of life at a cost of $220,000 – the majority of which will come from the Federal Gas Tax Fund.

The town’s recreation co-ordinator, Natasha Grant, told the council that “the grant would cover the majority of the total project costs.”

During deliberations on the 2021 budget, the Council set aside funds to complete overdue repairs to the tennis courts, “to restore them to a safe and playable condition,” Grant said. This would include adding pickleball lines to help increase public use of the courts.

The project was put out to tender in July 2021, but the quotes received were over budget and the project was put on hold. It was re-tendered in January 2022 with two quotes received.

Between bidding processes, in 2021, the administration sought and received notice that the City had been approved for funding through the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund. The two grants will cover $143,846.12, or just over 65% of the project. The remainder will be funded through the City’s Municipal Sustainability Initiatives Funding.

Following Grant’s report, the Board approved the plan. Work is expected to begin in May and end in August 2022.

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