The Oak Park and River Forest High School tennis courts will soon be getting some much-needed repair after the District 200 school board voted unanimously during an April 27 regular meeting to pay $102,000 to resurface them.
A memo drafted by Fred Pruess, the district’s building and grounds director, and Tod Altenburg, the district’s chief business official, stated that “within the past year the tennis courts have deteriorated and are in need of immediate repair.”
Since the work is considered an emergency, state law allows the district to waive the bid process, with the contract going directly to Pro Track and Tennis Inc., a firm based in Omaha, Nebraska. That specializes in tennis court repairs.
The firm will apply a color coating system to the cracked eight courts, which are situated in the northwest corner of the campus. The work, which carries a 5-year warranty, was expected to start as soon as the board approved the contract and the courts can be vacated.
The April vote to approve the repairs came roughly a year after the board rejected a proposal presented in March 2017 by the administration to replace the courts at a cost of around $1.6 million.
The board opted to table that proposal while the district focused on a $44.5 million referendum that would have helped pay for various facilities improvements and the construction of a new swimming pool to replace OPRF’s two, roughly 90-year-old pools. That referendum, however, failed to pass in November 2016.