To the editor:
What a pleasure to play tennis on the new public courts near the beach! Even the metal fencing and nets are brand new.
Having played several times there already, I think we should recognize and thank those who made the renovation possible: the village board was spurred on by a generous grant from John "Jack" Jubin, brother of Art and father of Carol Jubin Nevulis.
Art suggested this grant to the school district go to improving the public tennis courts used also by the high school tennis team for practice and tournaments with visiting schools. Three superintendents (Ernie Stretton, Jim Donnelly and Randy Richards) and much planning and discussion preceded work that started last summer.
Village engineer Ivan Zdrahal figured out how the original four courts could be expanded to five by making 2 two singles courts and three doubles.
The cost for above had increased significantly since the original grant, so the village doubled it and Carol Nevulis donated some of her own funds to cover the escalation in cost.
An advisory committee of tennis coaches Randy Quayle and George Bailey along with village board members Zay Curtis and Dave Jones made sure the project started. Even after his term was over, Jones appeared almost daily on site to monitor the work.
This time, however, the "band aid" approach of painting/paving over the old surface with its depressions and cracks came to an end. The latest job completely removed the old concrete, leveled the ground underneath, added a brand new surface and painted it. As well, the metal screening around the courts has been replaced and entrances changed.
The icing on the cake is the lovely, heart-shaped garden on the Parkside Drive corner, Love on the Rocks, planned and planted with red flowers by the Lake Placid Beautification Association.
At long last, the courts are now an asset to Lake Placid and up to the standard we (and visitors) expect for our beautiful Olympic Village.