NEWBURYPORT -- Tennis players who use the courts at Atkinson Common will have to take a break beginning this week due to a resurfacing project.
Beginning today, the courts will be closed for a major upgrade, according to city officials. In addition to a resurfacing, the three-court facility will receive “under-10 lines,” which will enhance existing youth programming.
Lise Reid, the city’s parks administrator, said that funding for the project will come from several sources including the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), the Mayor Gayden Morrill Charitable Foundation and the Newburyport Community Tennis Association.
The construction fund also received support from Newburyport Youth Services, the city’s parks commission and from private donations.
“The turning point came from the final grant from the USTA,” Reid said. “In addition to funding, their partnership and technical consulting really helped to put the project in high gear.”
Project completion is scheduled for no later than Aug. 31, weather permitting, officials say.