City Reverses Call On Tennis Courts

Since annexation several years ago two tennis courts at Pacific Meadows Park in west Omaha have been crumbling. Neighbors say the city double faulted.

Ric Hines has been critical of the city for putting a 2 inch overlay of a cement product on the courts to make them last longer. Hines says, “I would say the experiment totally failed and what we need to do is tear them out and replace them.” After years of making that argument with no results the city has reversed its call.

City Councilman Franklin Thompson says he convinced the mayor to spend $100,000 in parks funds on replacement tennis courts in the park.

Thompson says, “When the city is at fault that we’ll step up and do the right thing for citizens, that's an important message to send.”

Councilman Thompson says a celebration to kickoff improvements at the park inclduing new playground equipment will be held in early October.

City parks director Steve Scarpello says the $200,000 total cost for playground equipment and tennis courts is not coming from general funds. Money from a parks bond passed by voters several years ago will be used and he says no other park projects will be affected.

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