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Westwood Recreation will send email reminders for relevant meetings. To be notified via email, please send a request to recreation@townhall.westwood.ma.us.

March 1, 2018

Westwood Recreation and The Recreation Commission are excited to share with you that the selectmen have added the high school tennis court lighting project to the FY2019 budget proposal.  The first budget hearing will be at Monday night’s FinCom meeting (3/5, 7:30PM at the library).  The selectmen have also expressed support for the pickle ball court proposal at the Sheehan court site however, that project was held back, potentially for next year.

Additionally, the Downey courts will be resurfaced and net center straps will be installed this spring.  We are working to have the tennis hitting walls installed at Downey and the High School by summer.

Thank you for your interest and support. We are excited to bring these projects forward for the community.

For questions and comments please write to recreation@townhall.westwood.ma.us

November 3, 2017

Westwood Recreation is excited to apprise residents of our ongoing town-wide athletic court redevelopment initiative. 

Projects under way

As you may have seen, the tennis courts at the high school have been repaired and resurfaced. A special purpose top coat paint provides increased foot traction. Funds have also been allocated to refurbish the Downey tennis courts. In addition to crack sealing and resurfacing, center net anchor straps will also be installed.  The scope document for this work is being finalized and will be posted soon to solicit bids. The work is anticipated to be performed this coming spring. Hitting walls will also be installed at both locations in the spring.  The hitting walls will be constructed of materials that enhance return bounce, absorb noise, and can withstand New England weather. 

Court lighting

The Recreation Department and Commission held a public information meeting to discuss light installation options for the high school tennis courts.  Lighting the high school courts will significantly increase playing time availability.  Assuming lights turning on at dusk, each court could be available for an additional 500 hours (if off at 9pm) to 800 hours (if off at 10pm) over the entire playing season from spring through fall.  Additionally, the lights will allow the high school tennis team to start practicing earlier in the season.

Pickle ball

To expand our hard-court offerings, we are recommending the installation of pickle ball courts at the Sheehan tennis court site.  Based on National Recreation and Park Association recommendations, Westwood currently has enough tennis courts to support our population.  As we have enough tennis courts, we are looking to expand our hard-court offerings.  Pickle ball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country.  Many Westwood residents travel to neighboring communities to make use of pickle ball courts.  Pickle ball has also been adopted in the Westwood school physical education curriculum. Pickle ball is very similar to tennis with two primary differences; 1) pickle ball racquets and balls are used and 2) the playing area is smaller. These modifications make for a less physically rigorous yet equally enjoyable game. The Recreation Department has pickle ball equipment available for rent to anyone interested in trying it out.

Morrison Park

Lastly, we are looking at options to replace the tennis court at Morrison Park which was removed to make room for the new fire station.  In order to rebuild a tennis court, the basketball court will need to be re-positioned.  As this is a large-scale project, we will be awaiting completion of the new East St. bridge before reviewing proposals. The MBTA has an easement onto park property during construction of the new bridge.  The bridge work is slated for completion in 2018.

For questions and comments please write to recreation@townhall.westwood.ma.us

September 15, 2017

The tennis courts located at Westwood High School are undergoing repair and    resurfacing. The courts should be accessible sometime in late September.  The courts   had extensive crack damage and are being sealed using a flexible patch screen system.  This process has been completed and base coats of paint will be applied over the next week.  When the two undercoats are dry a high grip surface paint called Latex-ite will      be applied. The last step is the repainting of boundary lines.

 The tennis courts located at Downey School will be repaired and resurfaced in spring of 2018. 

July 19, 2017

At Monday night's Selectmen's meeting, The Town authorized the Recreation Department to initiate a contract for the refurbishment of the High School and Downey school courts. Additionally, permission was given to install hitting walls at these locations.  The Recreation Department is currently researching materials for the hitting wall construction to ensure excellent performance, longevity and reduced noise. The work at these two sites will be completed in the current calendar year. 

 Selectmen also reviewed lighting options for the high school courts and replacement options for the Islington and Sheehan courts.  Notification will be sent out when these topics return to the selectmen agenda.

Courts Resurfacing Meeting Memo

July 14, 2017

Hello,

 Thank you for taking part in the Recreation Department’s information sessions focused on community tennis and athletic courts. The Selectmen have included the courts topic on the agenda on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 8:10pm in The Selectmen Meeting Room located at Town Hall, 580 High Street.  We have submitted a request to The Selectmen to approve funding to resurface the High School and Downey tennis courts this Summer/Fall. Additionally, The Selectmen will review and discuss other options including hitting walls, lighting options and the construction of a replacement court for the Islington neighborhood. If you cannot attend this meeting it will be broadcast by Westwood Media Center and uploaded to the Town’s YouTube on demand programming.

Thank you,

Nicole Banks, CPRP, CPO

Recreation Director, Town of Westwood

781-461-0070/nbanks@townhall.westwood.ma.us

 

 Court Refurbishment Plan FY17-18

Statement of Work - The Town of Westwood is seeking contracted services to perform new court installation, court resurfacing and lining, new net and posts (as needed), repair/replace fencing. To increase tennis court availability, the Recreation Commission will discuss lighting options for one or more courts.

Location and Types of Courts - On an as-needed basis court construction, resurfacing and addition of amenities is intended to take place at locations including, but not limited to the following:

 

Item

Location

Types of Courts

Estimate

Lighting Estimate

1

Morrison Park

Basketball

$29,125

$137,500 (both courts)

2

Morrison Park

Tennis

$152,500 (new construction)

(above)

3

Downey School

(2) Tennis

$30,527

$137,500

4

High School

(6) Tennis

$55,772

$187,500 (6) / $156,250 (3)

5

Sheehan Courts*

(2) Tennis

$225,000 (new construction)

$137,500

* note: footprint base expansion required; 104’x112’ to 108’x120’

Project Timeline:

Prepare and submit request for Spring Town Meeting

Work completed around usage needs - 2017

Morrison: following MBTA’s East Street bridge construction - 2019

Court Notes: Lifespan resurfacing 5-8 years on commercial court – lose grip sand slurry