The eight outdoor tennis courts at Rotary Recreation Park will be rebuilt this year.
During capital budget discussions in December, city council approved $349,000 towards the cost of the project that will get underway in the spring.
The city recently put out a call for proposals which are due Feb. 14.
Tammy Greba, recreation facility supervisor, said tennis courts are resurfaced every 10 to 15 years, but this is the first major rehabilitation of the courts since they were built in 1981.
“Resurfacing is just fixing the top layer. The base is shifting and so it’s cracking more so it’s in need of bigger repair this time,” Greba said on Friday.
Work is required due to settling, ground movement, extreme changes in temperature and the age of the infrastructure.
Workers will need to remove fences and posts, asphalt, and other sub-base material. One poplar tree near the side of the courts will have to be removed. It will be replanted in the Waskasoo Park system.
After excavation, a continuous asphalt slab will be installed along with paving to achieve the required drainage. Fences will be reinstalled and tennis courts will be painted.
Greba said the courts will also receive a Plexipave top coat.
Red Deer Tennis Court operates the courts, but the public can still access some of the courts.
“In the summer time, people come and they don’t have to be a member and they can play on the courts.”
She said work will begin as soon as the ground is warm enough for construction. Time required to complete the project depends on the weather.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to have it up and going for July/August.”