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Gotta love it: Tennis courts being repaired

Original post made on Jul 22, 2011

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.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 21, 2011, 3:03 PM

Comments

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).


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?