Rapid City Parks Department served good news with local tennis court repairs process
RAPID CITY, S.D. – After a unanimous vote in favor of the decision, the Parks Department is preparing to move forward with seeking proposals for new tennis courts at Sioux Park.
After being confirmed as one of this year’s vision fund projects, officials are seeking to remodel the courts. Their plan is to rebuild the courts with post-tensioned concrete instead of constantly fixing cracks in the asphalt that is currently in place.
“The first step in our process after getting the vision funds was to secure a designer, because the fee will likely be over $55,000,” Landscape Designer Melissa Petersen said. “We’ll have to go through the city process of putting out a request for proposals. Interested firms will apply to us, tell us about their qualifications and get us going on this project.”
People can still use the courts through most of 2022, but construction is set to begin later this year.
“Construction likely won’t happen until this fall,” said Petersen. “There’s still a tennis tournament in early October this year, so they’ll be functional until then. We potentially will be able to do some demolition this fall and winter, and really get moving on it next year.”
The city’s Parks Department received $3 million in Vision Funds to repair the courts.