Board suggests adding tennis court at park

The Associated PressJuly 12, 2014 

— A DeSoto County parks board is asking the Board of Supervisors to put a tennis court at Eudora Community Park.

"It would be very beneficial," said Supervisor Lee Caldwell of Nesbit, noting the Eudora park already has a busy playground and ball field.

"The park is highly utilized; on any evening you might see 200 people there, and so we're excited about this opportunity. It's a center of the community," he said.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1oN7hza ) DeSoto Recreational District Commission member Wayne Spell recommended this week a master plan that includes one tennis court with options for more, and a pavilion with dressing areas and restroom facilities.

The supervisors are expected to consider the proposal July 21.

Larry Jarrett, director of the county's parks and greenways system, said the tennis court will cost $20,000 to $25,000.

"We have carry-over funds that are available in our current budget. But the money may go away on Sept. 30 if we don't get it obligated by the supervisors," he said of the fiscal 2014 close.

The commissioners ruled out seeking a U.S. Tennis Association grant because two courts are the minimum and the amount available, $10,000, is insufficient for completion, and also due to USTA requirements for a continuing youth program that would hike operating costs.

"One tennis court is better than none," said Linton.

Commissioner Ray Laughter said that if a court goes through, "everyone will want to practice on it" and he urged the panel to be thinking of a use policy.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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