VAN WERT — In 2012 the Van Wert County Foundation Tennis Complex opened, giving the community six of the best public courts in Northwest Ohio. Now those courts have a beautiful new surface, including state-of-the-art crack repair and expansion joints.
In order to maintain a high quality facility, surface reconditioning every 6-10 years is vitally important to protect this valuable community asset.
“We’ve always emphasized the highest quality,” said Wayne Kilton, president of the Van Wert County Tennis Association, which coordinated the original construction and the resurfacing. “This reconditioning should give us an excellent playing surface for many years to come.”
The courts have been successfully used through public play, tournament play, VWHS girls and boys teams, physical education classes, and youth education.
The Tennis Complex has been the envy of many teams that have visited to take on the Cougar boys and girls. For example, after two visits to Van Wert for ideas, Bryan hired the same award-winning contractor, Leslie Coatings, and recently completed its own tennis complex.
The Van Wert complex features include a seating area that allows coaches and spectators to watch multiple matches at once, an on-site restroom facility, lights on three courts, refreshment stand, landscaping, and a layout that meets USTA playing and safety standards.
In 2013 the complex won one of 19 national awards from the United States Tennis Association, the only one by a high school level facility. The award was based upon overall layout, court surface and lights, ease of maintenance, accommodations and other amenities, and participation in USTA programs.
With the recent reconditioning, two of the courts include additional lines for pickle ball, and two other courts have additional lines for 10-and-under tennis.
The original complex was built with an investment of $450,000, which was paid with private donations from community-minded individuals, athletic boosters, area businesses, service clubs, and tennis lovers.
The reconditioning and power-washing price is approximately $43,000 and will likewise depend upon private donations.
If you would like to donate a tax-deductible gift to this cause, please send your check payable to the Van Wert County Foundation (with “Tennis Complex” on the memo line) to: Van Wert County Foundation; 138 East Main Street; Van Wert, OH 45891 — or call Wayne Kilton (419-910-0451) or John White (419-203-1217).
An aerial video of the reconditioned tennis complex is available at: https://vimeo.com/430209943 .