St. Marys Journal Argus
Members of the St. Marys Social Tennis Club gathered on Tuesday, Nov. 11 to celebrate the completion of the community-supported resurfacing of the Water Street South tennis courts.
Funding for the project came from the provincial government-administered Trillium Foundation, the Town of St. Marys, and a successful grassroots funding campaign headed by new-to-the-game enthusiast Andrea Macko and the man sometimes referred to over several decades as "the face of tennis" in St. Marys, Rob Favacho.
On Tuedsay morning, Macko and Favacho were encouraged by the gathered Tennis Club members to join hands and walk through the just-unlocked gates of the newly reconstructed courts as an unofficial opening. Macko noted that an official grand opening is planned for the spring of 2015.
She told the Journal Argus that she had taken part in a "site visit" of the facility the previous day, on Monday, when the keys for the facility had been handed over to the Town of St. Marys by the contractor doing the work. But it was decided to hold off until Tuesday morning to allow Tennis Club members to gather and play their first matches on the new courts.
Work completed over the past few weeks included resurfacing of the courts, painting, and installation of new nets. Earlier in the year, new light standards had been erected at the site.
With the weather now turning colder and wetter, Macko explained, the courts will be closed until the spring, and people are asked to stay off until then.