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Wills Park tennis courts to get makeover
by Rachel Kellogg
July 30, 2014 11:05 AM | 2530 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tennis players in Alpharetta and Milton will have a renovated place to compete and practice this fall.

The Alpharetta City Council voted unanimously to approve a $33,812 project to repair and upgrade the six courts at Wills Park.

“They’re in pretty bad shape if you’ve been down there lately,” said Recreation and Parks Department staff member Lisa Cherry.

Cherry said, with council’s approval, the project can begin in mid-August and will be completed by the time the new season of lessons starts after Labor Day.

The contract was awarded to the lowest bidder, Woodstock-based Signature Tennis Courts Inc., the company that renovated seven courts at North Park in 2011 and four at Webb Bridge Park in May.

When asked about the delayed work on the courts at Webb Bridge Park — a project that actually began in the fall of 2013 — Cherry said the issue had to do with “unfortunate timing.”

By the time the contracts were signed, she said, problematic weather caused the construction to be postponed until spring. She assured council members that the company would complete the work on Wills Park in a timely manner.

“Webb Bridge is in great shape,” she said. “That was an extreme circumstance.”

In addition to filling cracks on the courts at Wills Park, the renovations include installing 12 new player benches and six new nets, cleaning surface stains and re-striping the courts.

The project was budgeted at $50,000, and the remainder of those funds will go toward a gym insulation project at Wills Park.

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