City Park tennis courts net a big-time upgrade

Garland Park transitioned its tennis courts to post-tension concrete surfaces in 2015. (Courtesy Jason Himick)

The tennis courts at City Park are rallying.

Four tennis courts at the park are getting resurfaced from asphalt to post-tension concrete, a material the city says is more durable.

Jason Himick with Denver Parks and Recreation said resurfacing and replacing the courts’ nets and posts will cost $78,500. Work starts Aug. 15 and is set to wrap within a month.

In fact, Denver plans to give some love to a handful of the city’s 124 tennis courts this year.

Besides City Park, it is renovating 12 more courts this fall: four at Berkeley Park, four at Eisenhower Park and four at Houston Park.

For the Eisenhower and Houston renovations, the city will take out the asphalt bases, stretch cables across the courts, pour concrete and then tighten the cables. After leveling the surface, crews will apply acrylic to get the courts match-ready. Himick said the cost of renovating each group of four courts is $350,000.

Resurfacing City Park’s courts will come in cheaper, because the facilities already have a post-tension concrete base, so the city need only remove and replace the asphalt surface.

Each resurfacing should give the courts a 40-year lifespan, Himick said. So before it breaks ground, the city tries to foresee how the courts will be used between now and 2057.

“Will this neighborhood want tennis courts?” he said.

If the answer is no, the city comes up with an alternative. In 2012, Garfield Lake Park in southwest Denver turned three tennis courts into futsal pitches.

“The evaluation at the time was that community was not interested in tennis and that futsal would be a better investment,” he said.

Some of Denver’s private courts also are going from asphalt to concrete, as at the Gates Tennis Center.

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Thank God! They needed to be fixed! Players love the City Park Courts!

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