The tennis courts located next to the Anson County Parks & Recreation offices in Little Park will soon be rebuilt in a new spot, according to director of buildings maintenance and parks and recreation Jeff Waisner.
The courts, which were built in 1974, “were built in the wrong place,” Waisner said. Over the past nearly 40 years, massive cracks have appeared in the surface of the courts, the result of rainfall pooling over the years.
“Tennis courts are supposed to be built above grade,” Waisner explained. “This one is below grade. When it rains, it causes the surface to crack.”
The courts were resurfaced in 2001, but even if another resurfacing was done, the cracks would just return the next time the area experienced heavy rains.
“So we’re going to move them,” Waisner said. “They will be above grade on a flat surface, where there’s not as many trees so we won’t have the pine residue, either.”
The new courts will be built behind the baseball field at the park, and the current tennis courts will be destroyed and replaced with a nature area.
Waisner said the project is part of the Parks & Recreation’s budget this year, and he expects the new courts to be ready by the end of June.