2014-07-24 / Local News

Empire to build courts on club land

The Empire Village Council on Tuesday evening approved a $48,067 bid from Ron Brown & Sons Inc. of Bear Lake for tennis courts, though pickleball courts are on hold for now.

The village will pay $43,117 for two tennis courts that will be located at the former North Park — recently renamed Shalda Park. Another $4,950 will be spent for fencing around the courts. The new courts will be built in the same spot the present courts occupy.

Replacement courts have been on the village’s recreational plan for many years, as the current courts are in poor shape. They were built on concrete, which cracks and heaves every winter, Friend said.

About $65,000 was budgeted for the courts for this year, and council members have been talking about using the extra money to build pickle ball courts. There is room at Shalda Park for two pickleball courts that would run back to back with the tennis courts, but would not be fenced in. A bid of $16,017 was received to install them, though that bid was not yet approved.

Carpenter said the Empire Lions Club has given its OK to put pickleball courts at Johnson Park, which is owned by the Lions. Club members may also be willing to pick up some of the cost of the courts, said Phil Deering, who attended the Empire meeting.

Deering said Lions members will discuss the project at their next meeting. The issue will likely be taken up on Aug. 7 at the Empire Village Council work session.

Trustee Karen Baja was concerned that Johnson Park is not publicly owned and the Lions could decide to turn the courts back into park land.

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