Ugh - my local public tennis facility is going to do a "patch and paint."

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  1. bluetrain4

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    Though I live in a city of 120,000 (210,000 metro), there really is only one decent tennis public facility - 12 courts with a nice club house in the middle of a beautiful park in the middle of the city - fantastic setting. Always busy, a hub of tennis activity.

    But, the courts have become terrible - hot spots, dead spots, worn down surface, buckling, and huge cracks.

    Municipal budget is stretched thin as in many cities, and private fund raising has fallen short. So, instead of a proper resurfacing, which hasn't happened in a long time, it's just going to get a patch and paint job. The local Catholic high school did this two years ago and the courts looked great and played pretty well immediately after. But, they're already starting to deteriorate.

    Proper resurfacing involves a lot more - re-leveling, regrading, putting down new support layers under the visible court surface, maybe better drainage, and possibly even better, more updated materials.

    Very disappointing, but I understand. I'm sure for a lot of cities throwing a lot of money at properly resurfacing tennis courts just isn't a huge priority.

    The only good thing is that the court surface will be changing from light green/dark green to blue/green, which everyone seems excited about. LOL.
     
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  2. Joehax

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    Be greatful you're getting that much. At my local tennis centre, most of the courts have tears along the base line, and the sand is never evenly spread.

    It's that nasty synthetic grass stuff, and there is no sign of changing any time soon :-(
     
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  3. Wuppy

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    Some of the ones I play at haven't been resurfaced in 20 years!
     
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  4. bluetrain4

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    BTW, I live in Springfield, Illinois.

    A few months ago I was in Evanston, Illinois, where I lived about 10 years ago. While I'm sure Evanston has budget issues like any other city, it is a fairly economically healthy city, and I was sort of astounded that every public tennis court had been resurfaced since I lived there, probably within the last 3 years. Every public court was pristine blue and green, sparkling new surface, including the 12 courts at the high school and the numerous courts at Robert Crown Park in south Evanston. What impressed me most is that Evanston has numerous small parks scattered around the city with just two courts, and all of those were resurfaced as well. So, it wasn't just the bigger public tennis venues.
     
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  5. tennis tom

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    All those courts could be resurfaced on a weekly basis, if Illinois didn't have to spend big bucks housing all those ex-governors convicted of corruption in glamour slammers. Get some tennis players on those juries.
     
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  6. floridatennisdude

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    Patch and paint sucks, I feel for ya. Played at municipal courts some time ago that we're built on top of a capped landfill. The gasses from beneath caused all sorts of issues with the foundation, but the city never corrected it...just patch and paint. Worst dead spots you could ever imagine. No one enjoyed it and the stronger players avoided that place as much as possible.
     
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  7. Cindysphinx

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    I guess I should count myself lucky. Despite budget woes, the county is reasonably responsive to tennis court maintenance issues.

    I have tested them a few times.

    After a big storm, a huge tree fell across the two tennis courts near my house. It took out the chain link fence and crashed onto the net. It was all fixed in a few weeks.

    Another time the net collapsed on my favorite single court. One phone call, and it was replaced in a few days.

    The largest facility with nine outdoor courts was resurfaced and re-lit over the course of one summer.

    There are still plenty of courts with huge cracks or tufts of grass, but on the whole the public court situation is good enough that I haven't felt like I have to join a club.
     
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  8. chollyred

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    At least your's are doing patch and paint. Mine just filled the cracks with some sort of rubbized caulk. Supposedly, they're going to re-surface in 2014.

    The last time they did a patch and paint, there was a huge sink hole that they filled with concrete and painted.

    If these courts survive. This park has become pretty run down in the last few years with several break-ins and robberies in the parking lot. These courts don't draw people like they used to. Most folks go across town now to the new tennis center. The main draw to this park now is the basketball court. I've heard rumors that they're considering converting the tennis courts to basketball.
     
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  9. bluetrain4

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    I should add, at least they're doing a full paint job. So, it won't be a situation where the patches are made and only the area of the patch is painted, which the City has done in the past.

    Again, this will be like what the local Catholic high school did two years ago. Due to the new full-court paint job, those courts looked great right away and played pretty well. But, without real corrective resurfacing, those great-looking courts have already started to develop serious problems with cracks reopening, paint buckling, etc.
     
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  10. floridatennisdude

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    The full paint job will just hide the dead spots. It will be beneficial to be familiar with the courts and know where these spots are so the bad bounces go more in your favor. Patch and paint would give players a target for dead spots.
     
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  11. LuckyR

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    I hope for you that the Property Tax reform bill in the State Senate doesn't pass...

    You might want to EMail someone...
     
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  12. jdubbs

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    The courts at our club are beautiful, resurfaced recently.
    Of course my dues are $295 a month plus hourly court time if playing indoors, so there's that...
     
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    Wow, I don't pay that much and I am on umlimited court time with 2 lessons a month.
     
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  14. bluetrain4

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    I belong to a club that has six decent indoor courts (and no outdoor courts). But, I vastly prefer playing outside when the weather is nice. There's no comparison. And, there are several strong players who don't have club memberships who I want to play with. Additionally, many players who do have memberships put their membership on hold during the summer, so they're not able to play indoors during the summer. Even if all those players were available for indoor play, I'd manage with the crappy outdoor courts until the weather forces me inside.
     
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  15. dizzlmcwizzl

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    Around here the state bought a defunct country club that included a golf course and tennis facility. The company they then contracted to manage the property promptly requested to pave over the tennis courts to provide more parking spaces for events at the club.

    After a huge outcry, petitions and protests from the tennis community and the USTA the governor intervened to say that they could only pave over those courts once a greater number of courts were repaired or created elsewhere so that the net impact would be more courts.

    Now the local high school is having their courts completely redone soup-to-nuts.
     
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  16. LeeD

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    Ground shifts, and the cement surface doesn't take well to it. Patch and paint is fun and easy.
     
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