Parks and Recreation to consider adding four tennis courts to Cosmo-Bethel Park

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 | 7:47 p.m. CST; updated 6:04 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

COLUMBIA — Cosmo-Bethel Park would get four new tennis courts if a Parks and Recreation Department proposal, a subject of a public meeting Thursday, is approved.

Parks and Recreation wants to install four asphalt tennis courts at Cosmo-Bethel and three solar lights at the Activity and Recreation Center. The meeting to discuss the project will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the ARC.

The cost for the four courts is $120,000, and construction would begin this summer if the plan is approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission and the City Council.

Senior Park Planner Mike Snyder said new tennis courts would allow Columbia high schools to host larger tennis tournaments. The eight existing courts at Cosmo-Bethel are the home courts for Rock Bridge High School.

New courts would also help satisfy public demand for court time, Snyder said.

“There are times when all eight courts are in use,” he said.

Part of the appeal of solar lights, which cost $3,300 each, is that they can be reused, Senior Park Planner Toney Lowery said. The area around the ARC is being developed, and it may be necessary to move the lights in the future.

“Solar lights are pretty self-contained,” Lowery said. “We can take them out, store them and use them again.”

Solar lights are also useful for areas where electricity is not easily available, Lowery said, as in the Stephens Lake Park area. The department decided it would be more economical to install solar lights than to run wires to the area and use electricity, he said.

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