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Spring Hill ISD seeks bids for new tennis courts

By Melissa Greene
July 15, 2013 at 11 p.m.

Spring Hill ISD will begin seeking construction bids this week on four tennis courts where, Superintendent Wes Jones said Monday, the district hopes to partner with the city to host tournaments.

The tennis courts will be added alongside four existing courts near the school's football practice field, just off Spring Hill Road, he said.

"We are starting these courts from bond money left over from the other projects," Jones said.

Tennis courts range from $80,000 to $150,000 each depending on the type selected, Jones said.

Aside from the benefit to students, the additional courts will allow district officials to consider partnering with the City of Longview Parks and Recreation Department to host tennis tournaments similar to their softball and baseball counterparts.

"We would like to partner with the city, with tradeoffs for fees and other costs," Jones said.

Though the plan is still in the early stages, Sports Tourism Director Dave Owens said Monday the tournaments would be a plus for the city.

"It will create people coming into town, just like the softball and baseball ones, with people staying at local hotels and eating at restaurants," he said.

The city does not currently host tennis tournaments.

Longview High School has 12 courts, Pine Tree High School has eight and Gladewater High School has six.

"We have many alternates planned, because you never know how the bid amounts will be returned. If they are low then we will be able to add many of the alternates. If the bids are high then we will most likely go with the base plan," Jones said.

What form the courts will take will be determined by cost, Jones said.

Courts can be different sizes - length, width and distance between courts - and there are several options for fencing. The number and seating capacity of bleachers, number of additional benches for players, lighting brightness and number of poles, surfacing, water fountains, restrooms and dirt work will all factor into the cost.

Disbursement of revenue among sponsors from events of this type is determined by the owner of the property, Owens said.



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