Out with the old and in with the new.
A year-long wait to serve up two new outdoor tennis courts is finally over and demolition took place this past week.
“I have no idea how long it will be,” said McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord, when asked when the new courts will reopen.
City employees ripped everything out this past week. Over the years, new layers of asphalt were added as a cost-saving measure rather than replacement. The end result was a top layer that cracked and was uneven because the layers underneath were deteriorating.
In 2016, McCord requested of city officials that he be allowed to completely demolish the old and install new. Officials placed $100,000 in the budget of Parks and Recreation for that work.
A survey was conducted as a customary procedure and it was discovered a boundary issue involving the city, Warren County government and Warren County Schools had existed unknown for more than four decades. Among the issues, the city’s tennis courts and the end portion of its parking lot were actually constructed on county property.
Over the last several months, the three entities worked to correct the property issue and it was recently settled with the transfer of land between the three, as well as city paying county $10,000 for 1 acre of land.