The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 14, 2013

Richland eyes plan for better tennis courts

David Hurst

JOHNSTOWN — Richland School District might chip in on a project revamping three Highland Park tennis courts, a move that would give the district’s tennis players a new home court.

Superintendent Thomas Fleming said at Monday night’s board meeting that work already is underway to place new nets, surfacing, fencing and other additions at the park, but while project organizers have secured grants to revamp Highland, they are a bit short on completing the tennis courts.

Given that the school district has been using what board member and district tennis coach Harry Graham called “the worst courts in the area,” a move to Highland might make sense, Fleming said.

He said a $7,000 donation has been suggested. In return, the district would be guaranteed exclusive use of the township-owned tennis facilities during scheduled district events for a five-year period.

Highland Park also offers permanent restrooms, a concession stand and a more quiet setting than the Luray Avenue tennis courts now being used, Graham said.

“The ones we use at Luray Avenue are in need of repairs ... they’re on their last leg,” he said.

Board members advised Fleming to get more details on construction plans for the Highland Park courts to see how a district donation would be spent.

“Let’s take a closer look,” board member Anthony Rizzo said.

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