(Atlantic) There has been some discussion surrounding the removal of trees around the tennis courts at Sunnyside Park in Atlantic.
“One thing I want to make sure is that everyone understands is that there is no question that trees around any facility are beautiful, and I am the first to be supportive of that,” stated Atlantic Park and Rec. Director Roger Herring. “However, on a tennis facility when you have a surface where you have lots of maintenance including drainage, a dry surface clear of debris, the worst thing you can do is have trees of that nature planted around those tennis courts.”
Herring says it also decreases the longevity of those courts because of the tree roots and debris that falls off of the trees in the spring.
“Whether it is the peddles from the Grab Apple trees or the husks from the buds busting out during the heart of the tennis season, it does not allow the surface and the ground around it to dry out because of those trees,” said Herring.
Roger Herring says in addition to that, the Park and Rec Board is also pursuing a fund grant from the United States Tennis Association to replace those tennis courts because they are in dire need of replacement. Consequently, as part of the grant writing part of it the Park Board must meet certain specifications in order to get their $50,000 and possibly another $15,000.00.
“One stipulation is drainage and also making sure those courts are going to last a long...long time. And with trees and roots and all the things that go along with the beauty of that it also decreases the longevity of those courts. So in order to meet all those specifications those trees needed to removed as well.”
It will cost around $250,000 to replace those courts and the Park and Rec Board is in the process of lining up the funding to do that, before the courts become unusable.
April 3, 2012