Archive for Sunday, March 25, 2012

Tennis lighting

March 25, 2012


To the editor:

City commissioners and staff are contemplating a new plan to light the tennis courts in Centennial neighborhood. Another lighting plan was discussed last fall but tabled when the city wisely realized light spillover would be unacceptable. The new plan costs nearly twice as much — in the ballpark of a quarter-million dollars — and would degrade the structural soundness of the facility, repairs and maintenance, for which the city would be responsible going forward in partnership with USD 497.

These courts were poorly planned (with no room for side-view bleachers, spectator seating is available at only one end of half the courts) and poorly built (a water retention system consisting of 48-inch pipes lies just beneath much of the court surface, which is already cracking). They were crammed onto sloping ground too close to residential properties in a neighborhood where they didn’t fit.

The plan to light them up would come at a huge, ongoing expense to the city. Tennis courts lighted until 10 p.m. on most nights of the year would add more light, noise and traffic to a neighborhood already struggling to adapt to the addition of numerous other athletic facilities. Surely we can find a more functional and affordable way to provide access to lighted tennis courts. Partnerships with other facilities or lighting the Free State courts, which are further from homes, are just two ideas. Our neighborhood, the city, and the tennis players of Lawrence deserve better.


Salvia 6 years, 2 months ago

Please see my comments under City Commission Agenda article.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 2 months ago

One would have thought that USD 497 spending more than $20 million public school dollars would have put together a better plan.

All the more reason to put these matters before the voters. PLAY has become a never ending tax dollar money hole. The new PLAY high dollar so called rec center is but one more example.

Can we say $75-$80 million tax dollars all to make Lawrence real estate look more attractive to buyers. I say pork barrel spending aka reckless.

I say the real estate developers should refund USD 497 and fund the entire PLAY project on their own dimes.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 2 months ago

I'd swear that I saw this same copy/pasted drivel on another thread of this award-winning website this morning.

Kate Rogge 6 years, 2 months ago

The Colemans are right. We should put in lights at Free State and let the Centennial courts go dark when it is dark. Enough already with pouring money into putting enormous lights five feet from people's homes. Our neighborhood has already lost enough with this boondoggle of a sports campus on the Centennial grounds. Badly designed and much more expensive than USD 497 said it would be. Enough. Don't you think the handful of night tennis players are capable of driving to Free State to play?

Stephen Roberts 6 years, 2 months ago

Putting lights at Free State is a great idea... heck maybe they will add some more courts there too. We need to add more things to Free State and not worry about LHS. Heck, if any of their tennis players want to practice later at night, it is good for them to travel to Free State and practice instead of going to LHS.

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