R Park tennis court reconstruction should benefit from about $30K in grants from USTA

New tennis courts are coming to R Park.
New tennis courts are coming to R Park.

By Holly Cook

Roeland Park councilors Monday gave tentative approval to commit almost $140,000 to reconstruct the tennis courts at R Park. Councilors agreed to put the item on the consent agenda at an upcoming meeting.

In addition to city funds, City Administrator Keith Moody said he expects the project to receive about $32,000 in grants from the national United States Tennis Association and the Missouri Valley Regional USTA.

City staff recommended councilors move forward a $143,857 bid from Kansas City-based McConnell and Associates to reconstruct the courts. The bid is dependent on Roeland Park’s Public Works department completing the demolition of the existing courts, which will save the city about $8,700 in out of pocket cost.

The project will replace R Park’s existing two court facility with a new double court. The courts will have a set of lines for youth and a second set of lines for adults.

The 2017 council approved the tennis court reconstruction as part of the R Park master plan.

Councilmember Tom Madigan said the previous city council had agreed to finish Nall Park improvements before moving forward with updating the tennis courts.

“I think we ought to honor that commitment,” Madigan said.

The council also gave preliminary approval for the design concept of shade structures at R Park at Monday’s governing body workshop.