Last week, the groundwork began for upgrades to Mineral Wells Park and Highland Park.
The Guthrie city council voted 6-0, in June, to award the bid to Merritt Tennis & Track Systems of Oklahoma City for $267,880. The breakdown of the cost, includes $168,940 for Mineral Wells and $98,940 for Highland Park. In addition, $29,600 was spent on engineering fees and $22,735 was added for contingencies.
The final price tag is listed at $320,215.80 and will be paid by the Capital Improvements Project (CIP) sales tax. Related article: Contract awarded to update City parks with CIP dollars
At Highland Park, the tennis courts will be upgraded to United States Tennis Association complaint, which will allow schools to host matches, if needed. A retaining wall will be added between the courts along with new nets and a new playing surface. The courts will also be ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant.
At Mineral Wells Park, a basketball court will be constructed with fencing, lighting and bleachers. One of the two tennis courts will also allow pickle ball to be played. The second tennis court will be converted to a volleyball court. Both courts will be resurfaced and striped.
In February 2016, Guthrie voters approved the CIP with a 15-year, three-quarter cent sales tax.