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Bannerman tennis court being redone

Staff say the pickleball lines will be put on the new surface
2021-07-22 irene caron MH
Irene Caron of the Timmins pickleball group at the Bannerman tennis courts earlier this summer.

A Timmins tennis court is getting a much-needed makeover.

Interpaving Ltd. has been awarded the $277,902 contract to replace the two Bannerman tennis courts.

Acting manager of parks and recreation Gerry Paquette told Timmins council that the existing courts are at end of life. It is believed the courts are about 30 years old.

“The existing surface is deteriorating, it’s full of cracks. We have done some remedial work in the past, but even that work now is continuing to deteriorate making the surface difficult to play on,” he said.

The Bannerman courts are where the Timmins pickleball group was playing before being moved to the courts in Mountjoy this year. The switch was due to the planned upgrades. The pickleball group has been pushing the city for a court of their own.

Work on the asphalt surface will be done this year, said Paquette. When it is resurfaced in 2022, he said there will be tennis and pickleball lines added.

The project is over the $250,000 that was budgeted for it.

The shortfall will be covered by surplus money from the McIntyre Ballroom east wall repairs, according to the staff report.