New Tennis Courts (including a Seventh) Going in Now at NCHS

The 17-year-old tennis courts at New Canaan High School have been removed and work is underway to install new ones—including an added seventh—with a more durable surface.

New, "post-tensioned concrete" tennis courts are being installed at New Canaan High School, and a seventh court is finally being added. Here's a peek at the project on July 24, 2014. Credit: Michael Dinan

New, “post-tensioned concrete” tennis courts are being installed at New Canaan High School, and a seventh court is finally being added. Here’s a peek at the project on July 24, 2014. Credit: Michael Dinan

The estimated $379,000 project—well within budget—should be wrapped up by mid- to late-September, Recreation Director Steve Benko said.

“It’s moving right along,” he said. “The guy is really moving.”

The guy is from West Haven-based Hinding Tennis Courts, and the company is installing a post-tensioned concrete surface, where concrete is poured around a duct to follow areas where tension otherwise would exist. It’s expected to reduce hazards on the public courts through cracks or dimples, eliminate downtime during frequent fixes and save the town money and manpower in making repairs.

New, "post-tensioned concrete" tennis courts are being installed at New Canaan High School, and a seventh court is finally being added. The 17-year-old courts that had been there are gone. Here's a peek at the project on July 24, 2014. Credit: Michael Dinan

New, “post-tensioned concrete” tennis courts are being installed at New Canaan High School, and a seventh court is finally being added. The 17-year-old courts that had been there are gone. Here’s a peek at the project on July 24, 2014. Credit: Michael Dinan

Looking out from the high school parking lot toward the Waveny water tower is like a peek back at the mid-1990s. The tennis courts’ fence is down and tension bases have been in since the weekend, Benko said.

Plans call for concrete to be poured in the middle three courts Aug. 6 or 7, Benko said. The town will wait seven days to “tension” those, then pour the two courts on either end and wait 30 days for those to solidify before striping.

“Weather-permitting, we should be done by the middle or end of September,” Benko said.

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