It's been a busy summer so far for the Minot Park and Recreation department. A couple of major renovations are taking place with the biggest being at Hammond Park. For years the tennis courts had become difficult to play on so the entire area is being re-done. The new park will mean more courts as well a park that now will extend across the street to the west.
"Ron Merritt, Minot Parks and Rec:We've been trying to decide for a few years what to do over there, we finally decided that it was time to just start over again so the old court complex was torn out and we're putting in all new courts and before we had an asphalt surface, now we're gonna try a concrete surface. We had 8 tennis courts over there and two basketball courts, when this is done we'll have 10 tennis courts and then two basketball courts will be across the street in the vacant lot to the west of the Hammond complex. We'll end up with a two court which will be a center court complex for tournaments so when we have the west region or we have girls or boys state tennis tournaments over at Hammond park when we have it in Minot, we'll have a beautiful complex for tournaments over there so we're really excited, making some really nice updates over there and 3 new tennis courts down at Roosevelt park too right next to Roosevelt pool. Those were getting in disrepair so we tore those down and we're doing those at the same time, a different company is doing it but they're rebuilding those too and they're pouring concrete so those are coming along really nice."
Not too far away renovations have been underway for the past month on Corbett Field. The playing surface of the field was completed as part of renovations following the 2011 flood and now work has begun on the grandstand that eventually will be topped off with a new coat of paint.
"Meritt:We had to go through the inside of the grandstand, the inner area where we store things and work areas and that kind of thing were all gutted out then rebuilt again you know sheeted back up again, new wiring through the whole grandstand which was something that was on our list already to do that needed to be done and then they're gonna re-paint, they're re-painting the inside, you know new windows which were boarded up before, repainting the outside of the grandstand all the way up. We're gonna try and get some stadium seating to fill the whole grandstand up with seats, we have but one section of it now but we'd like to do that through the whole grandstand also over at Corbett so that when we're done with the outside everything will be nice over there again."
The work on Hammond Park is expected to be completed by September in time for the high school tennis season.