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Letter to editor- Tennis courts in sorry shape

To the editor:

As a homeowner and taxpayer in the city of South Lake Tahoe for the past nine years, I would like to express my concern regarding the deplorable conditions of the only public tennis courts available in our city. The tennis courts at the middle school are unsafe and unkempt. The surface, which is unfit for playing tennis, is a hazard, as it has loose tiles and is very slippery as well as not producing the proper bounce for tennis. The nets have holes that are not repairable, and sag in the middle. The surface is rarely, if ever, cleaned – with trash littering the fences.

Since the passage of Measure S and the assessment that we now pay for improved recreational facilities, I feel that these courts should be brought up to standard so that those of us who live in South Lake Tahoe and pay taxes can at least have four decent courts to play on. Why should we have to travel to Zephyr Cove in Nevada or down to Gardnerville to play tennis on public courts?

Furthermore, with all the redevelopment going on and the attempt to attract tourists, it is embarrassing for our city when people even look at these shabby courts from U.S. Highway 50, let alone play on them. There are many locals who I play tennis with and we do not have access to the courts in the Keys or those that exist in private clubs. It is time for an investment in tennis as well as bike paths and an ice skating rink. We pay for the privilege of recreation in our taxes; it is about time we get our money’s worth.

Frank Cannon

South Lake Tahoe

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