Progress continues on facility projects funded by the 2016 bond issue:
The concrete for the six new tennis courts just north of Lyon Field was poured in February. The project is still on track for completion in early April, barring inclement weather and other typical construction delays.
The two large pours had to begin at 4 a.m. because they had to be poured out and troweled smooth before the sun came up and began evaporating the moisture at the top.
Five decrepit courts at BHS were demolished, along with a small adjacent parking lot. The old courts were the worst in the conference, with unsafe surfaces, inadequate seating, and too few courts for tournaments. The new facility will address those shortcomings.
The five old tennis courts at the high school were the worst in the conference, with unsafe surfaces, inadequate seatings, and too few courts. Voters approved a 2016 bond issue that included replacing the tennis facility. The school board awarded a $875,880 bid to Merritt Sealing Company to replace the courts.
Demolition of the five old courts and two small parking areas on their east and west sides began in early January. The new courts will feature walkways on the north and south sides providing access to a new seating area in the middle of the court complex. Wind screens on the north and south sides will feature the Bruins logo, and the courts will be blue with a green background. They will meet USTA US Open specifications. The bid came in low enough that lighting could be added on six poles, operable by a cell phone application and with an auto timer. The former lower parking lot west of the courts will become a green space.