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Merrimack Valley

March 8, 2013

$400K needed for tennis court work

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The courts would also be redesigned and have less space around them, reducing the overall size the entire facility would take up adjacent to the high school’s student parking area, he said.

If started this summer, the courts would be ready for use by the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, Frykenberg said.

The group has been calling for a replacement of the courts for the several years.

When originally presented, the project was slated to cost around $200,000 — with the Friends of Andover Tennis raising half of the money and asking the town for a matching contribution, as reported in 2011.

Today, the Friends are able to commit $40,000 raised by them over the last few years to the cause, with the Town Meeting request aimed at funding the rest of the project.

“It was $200,000. The price has gone up,” Frykenberg said. “Three years ago, we were very optimistic that we could raise similar to the football boosters.”

“What we’ve gotten is $40,000, and we’re happy. So we’ve adjusted our number and said, ‘okay, we’re going to give whatever we can,’” he said.

The true cost of the project is $340,000, with an additional contingency cash reserve bringing the price up to $400,000, according to Frykenberg.

Grant opportunities could also lower the town’s obligation for the cost prior to Annual Town Meeting, he said.

If Town Meeting rejects the plan, Frykenberg said the group is prepared to finance short-term repairs, but the goal would be to “have a brainstorming session to see how we’d get [the project] on the agenda for the next year. I don’t see how the courts could be used if they’re not fixed.”

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