The tennis courts at Ber Juan Park have re-opened for play. The six courts underwent an extensive repair and resurface renovation over the past week and a half that including filling subsurface cracks, reseaming the edges, patching and reinforcing areas, applying new resurfacer and recolor layers, and repainting the net posts.
This process will extend the life of the current playing surface, which was installed in 2003 and was repainted in 2009. This latest work was originally slated for 2013-2014 but was delayed due to budget constraints.
The passage of Prop P by voters in 2015 and the subsequent dollars that have been collected have allowed this and other projects such as the new Larry May Playground, due to open this fall, to move ahead. The vote has also provided funds for the aerators at Ber Juan Lake, improvements at Splash Zone, various paving projects throughout the Rolla Parks System, and other playground improvements.
Additional work is slated for this year at the court complex, with Rolla Public Schools partnering with the city to install shade structure and storage.
“We’re grateful for the support of the citizens in providing funds for needed projects like this,” said Rolla Parks and Recreation Director Floyd Jernigan. “This wouldn’t be possible without their investment in our parks system. We will always work to be good stewards of these funds.”
Jernigan also thanked the support of Rolla Public Schools for contributing $15,000 to the project and for the help in the planned construction of a new shade structure and storage area.
“We have a number of projects that we do in collaboration with the school system and this is another example of the benefits to our citizens of this partnership.”
The tennis courts at Ber Juan are the home site for the Rolla High School tennis teams. Missouri S&T’s intramural program also utilizes the courts. And there is an active local citizens’ group that puts on tournaments.
The courts may be reserved, at a cost of $4 per hour, per court. Anyone wishing to utilize the court lights must pay a light fee 24-hours in advance, in addition to the court fee. Lights will not be programmed to stay on past 11 p.m. Lights will not be programmed between Nov. 1-April 1 (unless approved by the Parks & Recreation Director). The cost for the lights is $10 per hour for one court and $20 per hour for all courts with lights.
There are separate charges for tournaments and private instructors and those can be obtained by calling 341-2386. To reserve the courts or the lights, and for additional city policies on the courts and other athletic facilities, call 341-2386. You can also visit us on the web at www.rollamoparks.org