Temporary repairs could allow summer program
© Andrew Wagstaff - The Citizen-Record
Parrsboro recreation director Tissy Bolivar is hoping to see repairs made to the local tennis court in time for this year's summer recreation programs. The town is negotiating to take over ownership of the property from the Parrsboro Tennis Club, but the court has been in a state of disrepair since last summer.
PARRSBORO - The Parrsboro tennis court remains in a state of disrepair, although negotiations are underway to bring a solution to the problem.
Negotiations have been taking place between the town and the Parrsboro Tennis Club that would see the town take ownership of the property. The court, however, has been unusable since a pole and attached fencing were knocked down by an errant tractor last summer.
"The town doesn't own the tennis court, so we can't do work on it until (it does,)" explained CAO Ray Hickey. "But hopefully that will proceed fairly quickly, as far as the town getting ownership of it."
Recreation director Tissy Bolivar has been researching costs and funding opportunities for a new fence and resurfacing of the tennis court but has found that all grant money for projects of this type has already been allotted for this year.
Town council agreed at its April 23 session to have the public works department repair the fence on a temporary basis.
"We can't do anything until we have the court, but we do need to have it up and functional for this year, because it's used for tennis programs all summer," said Bolivar. "We're talking about mending it so its functional - putting in a new pole, reattaching the netting, and make it so it can be used for the summer, with potential for a whole renovation next year."
She has information in place - including quotes for the repair work - to apply for funding next year for a more complete overhaul of the court.
When pressed on the issue of ownership at the recent council meeting, Hickey said that he feels positive about the negotiations, but that the decision is now in the hands of the tennis club.
"They want a turnover agreement, and they had certain stipulations they had the town address," he said. "They presented those, the town responded, and, if the club is in agreement... then if they decide tomorrow, it will be tomorrow. But it's up to them."
Mayor Lois Smith said a challenge has been that most of the people responsible for the tennis club now live outside of the town, with many of them "scattered across the country."
One of the tennis club directors, Mike Roberts, lives in Calgary, Alta. He said they are in favour of transferrung ownership of the tennis club lands to the town, as they believe it is in the best interest of the club, the town and for tennis in Parrsboro.
"We are hopeful that the tennis courts will be available this summer but they will need to be made safe for use before they are opened," said Roberts. "We are working with the town to ensure that the transfer happens as quickly as possible and do not foresee any significant obstacles at this point."
The mayor said everyone would like to see the situation resolved sooner rather than later, and the CAO agreed.
"Hopefully it will be soon, and hopefully it will be before tennis season," said Hickey. "I'm sure that's what they want, and that's what the town wants."