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NCSD trustees approve ~$3.75M tennis court plan; awaits Casper’s green light

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County School District Board of Trustees voted on Monday, September 13 in favor of a plan for a project to create a ten-court tennis facility at Highland Park.

Trustee Clark Jensen told his colleagues that the project awaits an agreement between NCSD and the City of Casper that is still in the works. In preliminary discussions of the project, Casper city staff and council members expressed interest in the proposal.

The NCSD Board of Trustees on Monday approved following a design-build approach for the project that the district estimates will cost NCSD about $3.75 million.

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The project would include:

  • Renovating the existing four courts
  • Adding six tennis courts
  • Adding spectator viewing areas
  • Adding a building to house restrooms, a changing room, storage and a concession area

Cost estimates prepared by WLC Engineering Surveying for NCSD are as follows:

NCSD would use a combination of Recreation Board funds and Board Priority funds for the project.

The timeline for the project, should NCSD and Casper reach an agreement, would be as follows:

  • Design Phase: September 2021 – November 2021
    • Advertise for Design-Build in September
    • Site appraisal by City in early October
    • Sign MOU with City and NCSD mid-October
    • Award contract early November
  • 1st Phase of Construction: November 2021 – April 2022
    • Civil work
    • Earthwork
    • Utility service work
    • Construct out-building
  • 2nd Phase of Construction: May 2022 – July 2022
    • Build tennis courts
  • Last Phase of Construction: June 2022 – July 2022
    • Landscaping

The Natrona County High School tennis team currently uses four courts for both practice and competition at Washington Park, which are also owned by the city. Kelly Walsh High School uses five courts at the Casper County Club for practice and competition. The school district rents the Casper Country Club courts for about $2,500 annually, according to NCSD.

The district says that there are an average of 56 girls and 36 boys who participate in tennis programs at NC and KW on an annual basis.

“The conditions of the current courts at Washington Park and Casper Country Club are not ideal,” NCSD says of the need for the Highland Park project. “Both sets of courts have extensive cracking and some settling calling for the need for repair of cracks and replacement of the playing surface.”

“By adding six additional tennis courts to the [new] area, a total of 10 courts will be available at the site. The ten courts will allow two tennis meets to occur simultaneously when each high school hosts a duel meet with two out-of-town visiting teams.”

The new facility would also make it possible for Casper to host regional and, assuming repairs to other facilities across the city are made, state tournaments.

The school district adds that the facility would also support physical education class opportunities.

Should the project move forward, NCSD would make the courts available for public use for both tennis and horseshoes throughout the year. NCSD adds that the new facility could also host pickleball, something which Casper city staff says there is public interest in.