The start of the reconstruction of Phillips Park tennis courts was originally scheduled for the beginning of September. However, the construction company, Court Surfaces Inc., had some unexpected cancellations and the work will begin earlier than expected. Tearing up the old surface began the morning of Aug. 7.
The 8-acre facility was built in 1973 and is home to Lee County's first public pool. The three lighted tennis courts were added in 1976.
The park also contains a playground, pavilion, picnic tables and two lighted baseball fields. Only the tennis courts are scheduled for renovation.
The tennis courts at Phillips Park
at 5648 Pine Island Road, N.W., at Pine Island Center.
"About every eight or nine years the courts need to be resurfaced. The last time this was done was in 2004. Fortunately the contractor was able to move this forward several weeks and they might even begin work today if the weather holds off," said Steve Cox from Lee County and Recreation. "August and September are typically slow on the island. Once October arrives, residents begin to filter in and things pick up with lots going on throughout the winter months.
"Reconstructing an asphalt court involves tearing up the old surface, grading and compacting the base material, and installing new asphalt and surface coatings. The whole process will take two months but as you know the weather will play a role in the timing of the reopening. Our plan is to have everything completed before the season starts say in October," Cox said.