Dirt work is proceeding on new six-court tennis complex in Graham Park.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: xx-small;"><em> Daily Times Herald photo by Jeff Storjohann</em></span>
Dirt work is proceeding on new six-court tennis complex in Graham Park.  Daily Times Herald photo by Jeff Storjohann
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

City officials say the new six-court tennis complex at Graham Park is well on its way toward completion by Sept. 1.

As of Monday, more than 5,000 cubic yards of fill had been delivered to the area to raise the landscape for placement of the court.

Following more than two years of work involving a variety of stakeholders the Carroll City Council in April awarded a $590,000 bid to Badding Construction of Carroll for the tennis complex.

One of the next steps in the project is installation of a drainage system, said project manager Ron Badding.  The contractor and its team soon will place 1 foot of gravel to help form a base and then begin paving.

Long stretches of weather with no rain should help to keep the project on track.

“The weather shouldn’t be delaying them now,” said Public Works director Randy Krauel. “It’s going pretty well.”

Badding says the company is on schedule with the project.

“It will be a nice facility, great for the community,” Badding said. “We’re proud to be a part of it.”

As part of the tennis development the council dissolved a lease agreement for the two tennis courts on Kuemper Catholic High School’s property. The city has no responsibility for the courts except the removal of the asphalt if so requested by the school in the next two years.

Kuemper president Vern Henkenius said the future of the courts will be in the hands of the school system’s Building and Grounds Committee, which meets in late May.

As for the three existing courts at Graham Park, the city has not determined future use. But it is expected they will not be used for tennis.

There are no lights planned for the new courts at this point, but it is being equipped to accommodate them in the future.

“They’ll be nice courts,” Krauel said.