JEFFERSON — The basketball and tennis courts at Ashe Park will have a fresh new look to them soon.
According to Ashe County Parks and Recreation Director Scott Turnmyre, the old tennis court and old basketball court areas are being replaced with new asphalt with the hope of both projects being completed by Labor Day.
“We are completely removing the pavement in the old tennis court area, putting down some new gravel base and having new asphalt put over that. That area was where the outdoor basketball court had been for several years. Those goals have been removed, as have the base areas for the old tennis court poles,” Turnmyre said.
There will be two regulation size tennis courts inside the current fencing where the basketball goals were. The court will be painted with a tennis court surfacing.
“As for the basketball area, we have had the existing asphalt pad beside the tennis court sealed and will place another layer of asphalt on top of that. As for the current plan, we would like to paint over the asphalt in the basketball court area with the same product used in the tennis court area, erect the goals there, place a set of aluminum bleachers and surround it with a 10-foot chain-link fence,” said Turnmyre.
In addition to basketball and tennis, the current plan is also going to be set up to include Pickleball lines on the basketball court for those that like to play that sport.
Turnmyre said that unless the weather or some other unforeseen circumstances get in the way, the project is expected to be completed near the Labor Day weekend.
“These two projects will vastly enhance what we have to offer park visitors and certainly will be much safer surfaces,” he added.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.