The task of restoring Sunnyside's South Hill Park tennis courts just became less expensive, considering the city just received a $71,000 grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund Program, awarded by the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation.
The city plans to contribute $71,000 in funding, labor and materials.
The money will be used to restore the courts, which were deemed unsafe and closed to the public in 2003 due to numerous cracks in the surface.
The city plans to demolish the court surface, reconstruct new concrete surface to provide four regulation courts, purchase new poles and nets and buy a gate accessible by people with disabilities.
Once completed, the courts will provide expanded access for public use, high school tennis teams and two annual tournaments.
Funding for the conservation fund comes from leaseholders of federal offshore oil and gas resources, federal recreation fees, sales of federal surplus real property and federal motorboat fuel taxes.