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Cutting to the Core

Where's the love?

Three months into the outdoor tennis season and it looks like the city of Sunnyside will finally get the city tennis courts ready for public use.

Whew, I was wondering if the job was ever going to be completed.

I've been waiting for the courts at South Hill Park to open ever since I saw the beautiful resurfacing job (which cost $19,200) completed last April. Those courts look great. But what's the hold-up?

Well, it seems the city has been waiting on a company from the Yakima area to put up the chain link fencing around the courts. After that, the nets can be put up and people will be playing tennis.

It seems to me the fencing company has taken its sweet time. Three months just to put a fence up? What's up with that?

But a quick call to city hall and I was told work on the fencing started this past Monday and should be finished by the end of this week.

That's good news. Hopefully the fence will keep out the skaters and others who use the courts for other things than playing tennis. At $20,000 a pop to resurface the tennis courts, only tennis players should be on them.

Now to be fair to Sunnyside the money did come from a 50-50 matching grant. So the real cost to Sunnyside for the resurfacing is only $9,600. The rest came from state grant monies.

Of course state officials wanted the job finished by Oct. 31, 2007 but cold weather forced the city of Sunnyside to file an extension until Sept. 1, 2008, and the current fencing fiasco has taken us to where we are now. But, the courts have to be finished by Sept. 1 and it looks like they will be.

I figure if the fence is finished by the end of this week there is no possible reason why the courts shouldn't be ready for the July 11-13 Sunnyside tennis tournament to support the American Cancer Society.

But things can happen, I know that. I just hope city officials will finally get this project finished so the people of Sunnyside can have one more thing to be proud of and one less thing to complain about.

Scoring-wise, we tennis players have been sitting on "love" for too long.

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