A new concrete surface will be poured this week for the Crosier Field tennis courts, part of $1.3 million plan to revamp the city’s tennis courts. Renovations continue at Jones Point Park with Holyoke High School courts to follow.(
HOLYOKE — Renovations continue on the Crosier Field and Jones Point Park tennis courts, part of $1.3 million plan to revamp the city’s public tennis courts, including Holyoke High School.
The city bonded for the project.
Crews installed a matrix of steel rebar at Crosier Field in recent weeks.
Department of Public Works Superintendent Michael McManus said a concrete slab will be poured starting Wednesday at Crosier Field.
The concrete needs 28 days to cure before the courts can be painted. The Jones Point courts reached the half-way point in the curing process.
The city awarded the contract to Classic Turf Company LLC, of Woodbury, Connecticut. The company specializes in tennis court installations.
McManus said new courts will last 25 years or more on average. "We expect to have a longer life span with these courts than the standard asphalt," he said.
The steel reinforced concrete better resists wear and cracking, a common problem with asphalt.
McManus expects the Jones Point Park project will be completed in late July, with Crosier Field finishing a few weeks later.
The nets, posts and fencing must be reinstalled at both fields before play resumes.
Lights will be installed at Crosier Field.
Renovations at Holyoke High will commence once the Crosier Field courts are finished. The nets and fencing have been removed at the high school.
McManus said several projects are in the design phase, including Valley Arena Park on South Bridge Street and the demolishing and rebuilding of Pouliot Pool near Fitzpatrick Skating Rink.
The Pouliot Pool project, estimated at $1.5 million, has been delayed until 2019.
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