The two tennis courts just south of W. Caroline Street and east of the Shiawassee River in downtown Fenton are scheduled to be moved to Bush Park.
OHM Advisors, the city’s engineers, are surveying the plot where the tennis courts are located for redevelopment.
The large parking lot behind the Fenton Community and Cultural Center at 150 S. LeRoy Street is also under investigation. Redevelopment of this parking lot could result in a parking deck for additional parking.
These topics were discussed at the DDA meeting in February and the DDA board approved $17,000 in survey fees.
Michael Hart, deputy city manager and executive director of the DDA, said for more parking behind the community center they could opt for an improved surface lot or for a lot more money they could opt for a patio parking lots, where future maintenance costs would increase. significantly. “We’ll see how things go over the next few months as everything unfolds,” he said.
Hart said the existing tennis courts, which are between 20 and 25 years old, are at the end of their life. He said the city would like to rebuild them and add pickleball courts, but move them all to Bush Park.
The relocation of the courts to Bush Park could strengthen the offer of the N. LeRoy Street park.
Moving the courts could also free up space for more parking spaces along the river. Hart said the existing tennis courts are located in a flood plain. The area would not be suitable for structures, however, it may be suitable for additional parking.
Hart said the cost of rebuilding the tennis courts and pickleball courts at Bush Park could be quite expensive, however, he did not have an exact amount at this time. He said the DDA could apply for grants, but that process could take years. An alternative would be for the DDA to cover the costs. “It makes sense for the DDA to cover the costs,” he said.
The demolition of the existing tennis courts would be carried out by the city’s public works department. Hart said they wouldn’t have a timeline for when it will be over.