Gotta love it: Tennis courts being repaired

Drop-in groups will need to play elsewhere

Weekend tennis warriors may be unhappy to learn that the six courts at San Ramon Valley High School will be closed for repairs for two weeks, starting July 28. But the good news is that the annoying and potentially dangerous cracks in the surface are being repaired.

"There will be new asphalt on four courts, and they're going to do Petro Matting on the other two to take care of the cracks," said Frank Haswell, coach of the girls varsity and assistant coach for the boys, who is also owner of Tennis, Trophies and Tee Time.

"The total project is estimated at two weeks, to be safe," Haswell added. "We're trying to get them done before Aug. 15. That's the beginning day for team tryouts. School starts the following Monday, the 22nd."

San Ramon Valley High School has six courts, which are maintained by the school district; the Town of Danville is responsible for the lighting.

"They are going to be 150 percent better than they have been over the last year," Haswell said. "They started deteriorating probably 18 months ago with major cracks on four of the six courts."

"It's annoying with the balls but when the crack gets to be excessive, it can be dangerous," he added.

An informal men's drop-in tennis group uses the courts each Saturday and Sunday morning, for players rated 3.5 and above, and regular player Doug Allen of Danville was pleased to hear about the scheduled repairs.

"The cracks are maybe half an inch wide, certainly big enough to trip on, and they've got growth coming through them," said Allen, who's been dropping in to play for 16-17 years. "If the ball hits them, it throws everything off."

Danville Tennis Club also has drop-in play for 3.5 or higher for men and women at SRVHS at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Haswell suggests that, during the closure, tennis groups go to Monte Vista High School, which has eight courts, or to Danville's Osage Station Park, which has four courts.

But four of the eight Monte Vista High courts also will be closed from July 28-Aug. 14 for resurfacing. These are the four nearest the parking lot, which are owned by the School District. The other four are owned by the Town of Danville and they were resurfaced last year, said district spokesman Terry Koehne.

"The work is significant," Koehne said. "It takes two weeks to do it, then to wait for everything to cure and to dry."

The cost is $69,000 for the work at San Ramon Valley High, and $54,000 for Monte Vista, said Koehne; it comes from the district's deferred maintenance money.

"I think the courts are a real community asset because people are allowed to play on them and they're centrally located," Allen said. "It's good to keep them surfaced, not just for the school but for the rest of the community."


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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:23 am

Glad to hear that resurfacing will take place!
It is LONG overdue by more than a year, especially at SRVHS where some of the cracks are more than 2 inches wide and more than a foot deep.
With every one of our local earthquakes on local, minor faults, these cracks just split out more with visible dust after each quake. And the deep digging of the new gym construction, etc., didn't help as well.
However, this type of resurfacing is really just another "patch" job. (The last one only lasted two years.) But our tight school and city budgets can now only afford this emergency, temporary type work, which usually only lasts between 2-6 years.
Both High Schools are long overdue for serious major re-construction on both sets of tennis courts that need to be properly built and designed (probably from total scratch at this point), including good lighting on ALL courts, so that it will last for the next 50 years in order to really serve the needs of students and local citizens.
For many years now, the District and City have been short-cutting the needs of students and public in Danville and just relying on the Private Tennis Clubs to produce the candidates for our student tennis teams and try to fill the need of the general public for enough exercise and sports. Therefore, few students are being taught and trained in tennis than should be, fewer students are allowed to play on school teams (more cuts), fewer public players have opportunity to play, so there is less exercise, less fun/entertainment, and also less organized play (adult teams) and also less lessons (youth and adult) than there should be in our affluent valley.
With enough public courts available, tennis can be one of the most affordable sports of all and one of the longest lasting exercises that can be played into late life. (I recently watched an 80 year old man win at playing doubles tennis in a team competition.) Too bad the city doesn't recognize what a valuable ingredient tennis courts are for the well-being of its citizens. Danville/Alamo/Diablo/Blackhawk should have LOTS more courts, well-designed and constructed public courts with great lights (for after-work play), and well-organized, inexpensive tennis programs/events for all ages, as well as inexpensive lessons (that aren't monopolized by a few well-connected Pros).

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Posted by John Tanner
a resident of Danville
on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I agree with above.
Need WAY better lights (Hello Danville City Council) and a complete redo. Can anyone at Danville town staff comment on the planned useful life of these patch jobs.
The lights are from another age.
Just what does Danville spend it money on? Bloated salaries for staff and road repair?

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