City should stop juggling tennis and get the ball rolling |

City should stop juggling tennis and get the ball rolling

The patience of the Glenwood Springs tennis community is beginning to wear thin – and for good reason.

The city budgeted $20,000 for new tennis courts at the Glenwood Springs Community Center back in 2002. We’re now well into the 2003 outdoor tennis season and there’s still no visible sign of the new courts.

While the project hasn’t been forgotten, it has been left in the air for too long as the city juggles between the sexier golf course project and the swimming pool proposal for the Community Center.

Mayor Pro-tem Rick Davis said the city has been concentrating on the golf course because it will eventually help pay for the other recreational amenities supplied by the city, but the tennis court money has already been earmarked. Additionally, the operating expenses of tennis courts is minuscule when compared to a golf course or swimming pool.

For more than a year, the court plans have bounced from outdoor courts, to two year-round courts under a bubble and back to four outdoor courts.

The plans, which will start with a trio of courts until after the pool is built, have been submitted to the Glenwood Springs Planning and Zoning Commission, according to the city’s acting parks and recreation manager Al Laurette.

So the tennis ball seems to be rolling.

And, given the wait the tennis community has already endured, those plans should be fast-tracked through the commission so balls can start bouncing as soon as possible.

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