Head tennis coach Jeff Birk had some great news on Wednesday, April 19, 2017: the six new courts at the high school were ready for play.
So that afternoon the tennis teams were out practicing on the beautiful new courts as workers continued to construct the center stands and other finishing touches.
In December 2016 the school board awarded an $875,880 bid to Merritt Tennis Court & Track Systems to replace five decrepit courts in the same location just north of Lyon Field at Custer Stadium. The project was funded by voters as part of an August 2016 bond issue.
The new courts feature walkways on the north and south sides providing access to a new seating area in the middle of the court complex. Soon there will be blue wind screens on the north and south sides with the Bruins logo. The courts 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, with alleyway parking spots that have been repoured.