City serves up tennis court plans 

Cracked, uneven courts didn’t stop one team from the Foster City Tennis Club from winning the United States Tennis Association Western National Championships in November.

By this summer, however, the club could be playing on new courts that match its high profile accomplishment.

The Foster City Council this month unanimously approved a $380,000 contract with tennis court builders Saviano Construction Company to build one new stadium court and upgrade the existing four courts and lighting at Edgewater Park. The stadium court will include bleachers for tournament spectators.

"What we envision is that not only will it serve to meet the needs for recreational use, but will allow the tennis club to host events," said Kevin Miller, director of parks and recreation for the city.

Moving away from the practice site at Leo Ryan Park will allow the 300 members of the club to practice and compete in a more professional, quiet environment, away from the noise of the skaters and other visitors with whom they share the park, tennis club President Barby Pickett said.

"When you’re playing a match and you can’t hear the score being called, it’s a little disruptive," Pickett said.

The new tennis center will also cut down on the noise the players make, by replacing an old wooden backboard with a concrete one, to soften the sound of tennis ball impacts for nearby neighbors.

Officials with the Mountain View-based Saviano — which specializes in tennis court construction and renovation — said they’re excited to work on another local project. Previous projects they have completed in the Bay Area include the California Tennis Club in San Francisco.

The project will include the construction of a new court and fences, the resurfacing of four existing courts and the installation of new bleachers, lights, electrical outlets and light poles.

The new court will also help lessen the blow to the club when two courts at Leo Ryan Park are removed to make room for the planned new Foster City Teen Center, a project that will begin once the new tennis court project is completed.

Barring significant weather delays or problems with the project, Miller said the new courts could be open as early as July.

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