A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Ettrick Park last Tuesday to unveil their newly renovated basketball and tennis courts. The unveiling was held in conjunction with 34th annual National Night Out celebration, an event that brings police and residents together in support of crime prevention.
Stuart Connock Jr., Director of Planning and Construction Services Division, said construction on the basketball and tennis courts began less than three months before.
“We started in May with the renovation and essentially we took everything down, took the tennis courts down to dirt and the basketball courts down to dirt, and rebuilt everything in its place,” Connock said.
Phil Innis, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, who addressed the lively crowd at the dedication, also talked about the project.
“This project’s been going on since spring with the refinishing of the court,” Innis said. “and they put new fencing, a new court down, new nets, new color coating, and of course it’s also the same thing for the basketball courts.”
Innis said he was excited about the refurbished courts and said he thinks the residents will be able to make use of them for many years to come.
Connock also expressed excitement about the new tennis and basketball courts and his role in restoring them.
“That’s one of the big paydays of working in Parks and Recreation,” Connock said. “to be able to create things like this, to see the interest of the community, and just be able to come out from year to year and see people using it and say ‘Hey, I had a part in that, I created that.’ It’s pretty nice.”