Tennis players could find more places to play in Groveport in the future.

Groveport City Council is considering park improvement projects this year, including construction of two additional tennis courts in Degenhart Park or five new tennis courts in Groveport Park.

Legislation authorizing construction of the two courts in Degenhart Park received its first reading during council's Jan. 22 meeting.

"The purpose of the five courts is that it takes five courts for tournaments," City Administrator Marsha Hall said. "If two additional courts are approved, we would amend the appropriations and install the courts later this year."

Estimates to build the two courts are $293,287 with lighting and $218,280 without lights, Hall said.

Other possible park improvements this year include resurfacing three tennis courts in Degenhart Park and constructing a bike path connector that would link the Bixford Green housing development with Three Creeks Metro Park.

Hall said the city expects to apply for a Nature Works grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to help fund the bike path extension, which would cost more than $200,000. Resurfacing the tennis courts would cost a little more than $33,000, she said.

Flood repairs

The cost of repairs to the Groveport Municipal Building, 655 Blacklick St., hasn't been determined yet, Hall said, but the work will be covered by insurance.

A broken water pipe sent thousands of gallons of water into the structure on Jan. 8, forcing City Council to move its meeting venue to Town Hall, 648 Main St.

Repairs are continuing in the basement, first-floor reception area and second floor, Hall said.

"Repairs include new drywall and flooring and repairs to the elevator in the reception area," she said.

Hall said residents interested in attending council meetings should check the city website at groveport.org or call 614-830-2052 to find out where the sessions are being held.

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