NEW HAVEN — The Town of New Haven is moving forward on a recreational overhaul project that officials have been mulling since 2012.
According to Recorder Roberta Hysell, the town is raising funds to enable officials to turn a portion of the town’s tennis court into a basketball court.
The present court has two tennis areas and is located next to the community center and municipal swimming pool. Built when tennis was a popular sport in the Bend Area, they are now often unused, Hysell said.
The town is hoping to convert one tennis court into a basketball court. Basketball remains a popular activity in New Haven, Hysell said, with both men and youth oftentimes renting the community center to hold pick-up games. Turning one tennis court into a basketball facility would allow for outdoor play during nice weather.
The recorder said various residents have approached the town since 2012 with the idea. One of the strong supporters is Benjamin Foreman, now a college student, who has pledged his assistance while on summer break.
Hysell said making the project become a reality will take a lot of work — and money.
The cracks in the court floor must be sealed, and the basketball court requires painting with shooting and foul lines. Basketball poles, backboards and rims must be purchased, and Hysell said while the area is already fenced in, a fence down the center to separate tennis from basketball is needed. She said a new tennis net is needed, as well.
The courts have lights and Hysell said a timer is needed to enable the town to control how late the courts can be used. She said at the present time, officials are considering “lights out” at 10 p.m.
Hysell said the town already has commitments from local residents and plants for some of the labor involved. Money is now the issue and she is currently heading up a fundraiser.
Laundry detergent, fabric softener, dish soap, trash bags and other items are being sold through Profitable Solutions Fundraising. If at least 250 units are sold, the town will receive $10 for each. If less than that are sold, the town’s profit will only be $7 each. The fundraiser will go until June 15, with order forms available at the city building, City National Bank, Thompson’s Hardware, AB Tanning, Foxy Locks and the New Haven Library. Individual donations are also being accepted at the town hall.
Hysell said she hopes the project will be completed by the end of the summer.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.