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Two Columbia parks receive tennis court renovations with one to host championships

Friday, July 5, 2013 | 8:10 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The city's Parks and Recreation Department is on schedule with both the Cosmo-Bethel and Albert-Oakland parks’ tennis court renovations. The Cosmo-Bethel courts will be used for the 2014 Southeastern Conference Tennis Championships, Parks Services Manager Gabe Huffington said.

Renovations to eight of the courts at Cosmo-Bethel Park will take place until Wednesday, according to a department news release. Renovations to the remaining four courts at Cosmo-Bethel Park and Albert-Oakland Park's three courts, will run Thursday through July 19. If weather prolongs renovations, completion is expected July 24, Huffington said.

With the oldest tennis courts in Columbia, the Albert-Oakland renovations have been scheduled for this year since 2010, according to the release. The Cosmo-Bethel renovations were scheduled in anticipation of next year's SEC tennis championships, Huffington said.

The SEC championships are expected to use all 12 courts at Cosmo-Bethel, in addition to the 10 courts at the Mizzou Tennis Complex, Huffington said. The week-long event will be held in April 2014. 

Huffington estimated the cost for Cosmo-Bethel Park’s renovations to be about $60,000 and Albert-Oakland's about $18,000. The courts are estimated to last 10 to 15 years depending on weather and amount of use.

Project contractor Frazier Davis has also done recent repairs to the Tigers tennis complex, Huffington said.

Supervising editor is Katie Moritz.


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