Good news for tennis players: The improvements at the San Ramon Valley High School tennis courts are finished, with two new courts open and the lights operational. The campus now has eight courts, including six with lighting, which are open to the public after school hours.
The Town of Danville and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) joined together for this improvement, which will benefit the entire tennis-playing community as well as the students.
The two additional tennis courts were in the School District master plan after the old gym was torn down, said Senior Construction Project Manager Michelle Sandusky, but after they built the new gym, they had to see what would happen with the swimming pool. Danville ended up helping the district with funding for the new 35-meter pool, which opened this summer and is being used by the town.
"We went ahead and designed the tennis courts," Sandusky said. "We went back to the school board and said we can do this economically because we will already be out here grading."
The board authorized $170,000 to build the two additional tennis courts. Meanwhile the lighting also had to be redone on the existing courts.
"They didn't open for a long time because of the lighting project," Sandusky said. "We had open conduits in there. We let the school use them during the tennis season but they were not open to the public until later."
The town is responsible for maintaining the lights on the courts, but the School District's inspection found the poles on the southeast tennis courts were badly deteriorated. Danville agreed to share the replacement cost, Sandusky said, paying 80 percent while the district paid 20 percent of the $100,000 cost. The project included infrastructure to allow lighting on the remaining two courts at a future date.
The lights haven't been on all summer, as the contractor dealt with glitches integrating the old and new lights but now they are operational. Users can push buttons to turn on the lights for two hours or until 10 p.m.
Coach Frank Haswell helped the workers position the beams so they would light the courts without shining in players' eyes, noted Sandusky, and they had to wait until it was dark to begin the work.
"We wanted somebody who knew tennis," she said. "We worked until midnight."