SHAWNEE – The tennis courts at Shawnee High School are getting a much needed face lift this week. Restructuring began Sunday and is expected to take 7 to 10 days to complete, weather permitting.
Coach Kelli Parsons contacted Shawnee's Director of Operations James Bryce in August about getting the courts fixed and was pleased with how quickly and smoothly the resurfacing was given the go-ahead.
“It got approved a lot quicker than I thought it would,” Parsons said.
At just under $5,300 per court, the City of Shawnee and Shawnee Public Schools put forth around $22,900 for the project. Parson had originally only asked for six of the courts to be fixed, but after taking a look at the condition of all eight courts, the city decided to fix all of them.
“There was not one court that didn't have significant cracks,” Parsons said.
The courts were resurfaced a few years ago, but because of the way they are built they need maintenanced often, Parsons said. The courts being resurfaced are made of concrete which makes them more susceptible to moisture and cracking unlike some newer courts.
The new courts at Shawnee Middle School for instance are newer post-tension courts, meaning cables are tensioned to stress the concrete after curing and help eliminate major cracks from happening.
“Those won't need resurfacing the way these do,” Parsons said.
Parsons' hope is that with the refreshed courts she will be able to host multiple tournaments to bring more money to the city. She is going to try to host the boys and girls regional this upcoming spring season.
Parsons and her players are thankful to Bryce, David Harp, Shawnee Public Schools Business Manager, and the City of Shawnee for helping it all to happen as quickly and smoothly as it did. Losing the home court advantage they had in playing on the cracks will be worth it.
“They are so excited,” Parsons said.