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Winter Weather Does Damage To Tennis Courts

April 8, 2011 by Greg Lederer

People throughout the state couldn't wait for the snow and ice from several winter storms to melt away as the weather slowly began to warm up over the last several weeks.
However, when the snow did clear, the results were less than positive in some areas.
The Cheshire Parks and Recreation Department were disappointed by what they found at the nearby tennis courts. Deep cracks developed on the surface, causing two courts to be unplayable for the start of the spring season at Cheshire High School.
“It was a tough winter, with a lot of weather on there,” explained Parks and Recreation Director Bob Ceccolini. “The freeze and thaw of the ice put water inside the surface.”
Ceccolini contacted Dalton Track and Tennis, located on 19 Willow Street in Cheshire, about solving the problem. The plan is for Lorenz to fill in the courts during the school district's spring vacation, to be held April 18-22. According to Ceccolini, the cost will be close to $3,000 and requires a couple of dry days.
“Todd Lorenz told me that 11 high schools had called him about repairing cracks,” said Ceccolini. “He uses a tar substance to fill them in. It's a simple process to make the courts safe. Hopefully, this holds into this winter.”
The Cheshire High School tennis teams are practicing there, but matches are another story. Boys' head coach Jim Matthews decided to move the team's season opener with rival Amity to Cheshire Park.
“I want to thank the Parks and Recreation and high school for acting swiftly to the problem,” said Matthews, whose son Scott started coaching the girls' program this spring.
However, even after repair, Ceccolini insists the entirety of the problem won't go away.
“It isn't a permanent solution,” said Ceccolini. “These courts have been fixed, but haven't been redone in more than 20 years. We have to start looking into the future of the courts.”

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