This graphic illustrates where the City of Liberal will be placing new tennis courts – just west of the rec center office – as well as renovations to the current four courts. Spectator seating will also be an improvement in the plans for the Blue Bonnet Park courts. Courtesy graphic
By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Leader & Times
A shortage of tennis courts within the City of Liberal has caused City Manager Mark Hall to ask for funds in order to bring the count of city tennis courts from six to eight.
“In 2007, the City of Liberal had a shortage of tennis courts,” Hall noted in a memo to the commission. “The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recommends a level of service (LOS) ratio of .50 tennis courts per 1,000 people.
“The actual need and frequency of use of public tennis courts needs to be adjusted to take into account the numerous public school facilities,” his memo continued. “After review of our current tennis court inventory, the city should renovate four courts, plus add two new courts to satisfy the LOS need.”
Donations and 1-cent sales tax funds will be set aside for the renovation and construction of several tennis courts in Blue Bonnet Park.
“While this project is not in progress, the city has received donations for some needed renovations,” Hall noted. “The city has installed new playground equipment, bathrooms and renovated the gazebo – all possible by donations.
“A part of the Blue Bonnet project is the upgrade of four tennis courts and the addition of two new tennis courts,” he continued. “Currently, the city has six tennis courts. If approved, the city will have an LOS of eight tennis courts with an additional five public courts bringing the total of 13 tennis courts available to the public.”
The estimated cost of these tennis upgrades is $285,140, which will be funded by the street, drainage and capital improvement portion of the 1-cent sales tax. The upgrades, Hall said, will fit into the future renovation plans of Blue Bonnet Park.
The commission voted unanimously to approve the upgrades of Blue Bonnet Park.