City tennis, basketball courts being removed at Lakeside Park as part of upgrades

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO

The remains of the city of Marble Falls  tennis court at Lakeside Park. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

The remains of the city of Marble Falls tennis court at Lakeside Park. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

MARBLE FALLS — The tennis court at Lakeside Park is being removed as part of Phase 1A upgrades to Lakeside Park.

While the court and lighting still remain, the net and fencing around the court is gone. The basketball court, however, is still there. In the next two months, the basketball goals, lights, and the courts themselves will be removed. Dirt will be smoothed over the area.

Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Director Robert Moss said much of Phase 1A of the park upgrades will be done by city crews.

“When there are breaks in weather where we can’t do routine work, we’ll be there,” he said.

Among the tasks are removing bricks and stones around trees and addressing the boat ramp near Lakeside Pavilion as well as the abandoned concrete slabs.

Phase 1A projects include a sandy beach, new bathrooms in Johnson Park and the downtown district, and an improved parking lot near the boat ramp at Johnson Park.   

The city doesn’t plan to replace the tennis courts as the Marble Falls Independent School District courts at the high school are open to the public at certain times. The city also has a basketball court at Westside Park.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

2 Responses to “City tennis, basketball courts being removed at Lakeside Park as part of upgrades”

  1. NotJustHypocritical says:

    Removing facilities that receive hundreds if not thousands of visitors per year. Not bothering to replace them. All to make sure a developer gets what he wants for his hotel. While we are at it let’s spend city money and huild the hotel a parking garage and plan behind the scenes to reduce and remove parking downtown to force visitors to park there, for more money and if they do want to use our parks facilities near the hotel let’s limit their accessibility and charge for city park access.

    Nah, if we say it that way someone might complain….I know let’s call it upgrades! Everyone loves upgrades. They’ll fall for upgrades every time. Pathetic excuses for ‘public servants’. Maybe if the Mayor sold sports equipment instead of granite they would have bothered to fight for our park facilities like they might to keep selling grainte to subdivisions with city money.

  2. Kevin Collier says:

    It is very unfortunate to know that the tennis court and basketball court have to be removed due to the upgrade of the lakeside park. A huge number of children and other tennis & basketball players were benefit from this existing facility. The authorities should have thought about the future of the affected people before taking this decision. Moreover, the availability of other facilities in the city may not be able to cater to the needs of such a large number of people. It would be better if the authorities reconsider their decision in the larger public interest.

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