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Contentious issue of lighted tennis courts near LHS to be discussed again by city commissioners

And I would also add that the 8 lighted courts at Rock Chalk represent 8 *new* courts for tennis play in Lawrence. They did get their 8 courts at LHS back, just not lighted, and now they will get 8 additional lighted courts.

May 9, 2013 at 11:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Contentious issue of lighted tennis courts near LHS to be discussed again by city commissioners

I live on Greever Terrace across the street from these tennis courts. I’ve lived there for 8 years. My wife and I love living near a vibrant high school, and it’s one of the reasons we bought our home. It’s a classic little 1000 sq ft. ranch house, but it’s a mansion to us. We love sports, including tennis. We understand why the LTA wants lighted courts. We all lost something when these stadiums were built. They lost their lights, and we lost a lot of the peace in our neighborhood. These days we have baseball lights and music coming through our front windows, soccer lights and noise through our back windows, buses parked up and down our street, and lots of cars. We’ve also got a baby and a 2 year old (and occasionally a mom and dad) trying to get some sleep. In fact there are a few more babies and toddlers on our street, and other young families like ours who want to put down roots among the older residents in the neighborhood keep it growing in a stable way. But our neighborhood now is maxed out. The question here is, when is enough enough? And this is a question for our whole community, not just our neighborhood. Is it good planning to further disrupt a neighborhood and spend hundreds of thousands of extra $$$ on something, when a win-win solution for 8 lighted courts is already underway at Rock Chalk Park? Should the desires of a small but very persistent and vocal club be allowed to have such a huge impact on the lives and property values of people in our city? We’ve made many compromises over the past 5 years, and now we are trying to make the best of a neighborhood that is dramatically changed from when we purchased our home. I wish the people who are lobbying commissioners so hard again for these lights would make a compromise, too, and embrace the Rock Chalk plan.

May 9, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )