Tennis Center to host open house

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— The city of Steamboat Springs wants the community to check out the renovations at the city's indoor Tennis Center.

The city is holding an open house and ribbon cutting Thursday at the facility.

"My hope is that all the construction work will be completed by Thursday," said Chris Wilson, the city's parks, open space and recreational services director. "There will probably be some outside landscaping stuff that will still need to be finished, but the inside stuff should be done."

The open house is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The celebration will feature the high school boys tennis practice, fun tennis contests and a drawing for a free lesson and court time. There will be refreshments and other door prizes.

Wilson said Thursday night's celebration should offer the Steamboat Springs community a chance to see the results of a $3 million dollar improvement project that began in August of 2005. Construction crews were still taking care of a few nagging details last week, but Wilson said the bulk of the improvements have been completed.

"We went from four courts to six, the lighting was improved and we went from a bubble to a frame and fabric structure," Wilson said. "The improved lighting means we will get more hours of play."

Before the improvements, Wilson said the light in the facility often fell below an acceptable level and made play difficult.

The price tag also includes sidewalk construction that ties the new Tennis Center into adjacent sidewalks.

Local tennis players returned to the center when it re-opened four of the six courts last February. The other two courts were completed this summer, and crews have also been busy with finishing touches.

Tennis Center Director Jim Swiggart said he is excited about the open house.

"We are very proud of the Tennis Center and think that the people of Steamboat Springs will be too," Swiggart said.

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