News Feature

Brooklin
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, July 25, 2013
Brooklin tennis court project gets into full swing

A place to someday play tennis in Brooklin

Land has been cleared and it is beginning to look a lot like a place to someday play tennis in Brooklin as the K.J. Dugas Construction Company of Surry works to level the ground. The courts are expected to be completed by the end of August.

Photo courtesy of Jon Hopkins

by Faith DeAmbrose

Ground has broken and by the end of August two tennis courts will be constructed on the grounds of the Brooklin School, thanks to the efforts of a town-sanctioned committee and many donations.

According to Jon Hopkins of the all-volunteer Tennis Courts for Brooklin Committee, K.J. Dugas Construction Co. of Surry has been hired to clear the land, and that part of the project began in July. With the earthwork nearly complete, the tennis courts will soon begin to be constructed.

The project, expected to cost $132,000, will include the clearing of the land and construction of the courts, as well as the purchase of equipment for the school and funds to maintain the courts for the next decade.

Upon completion of the project the town will host a dedication of the courts.

The hopes for the tennis courts are many-fold, said Hopkins, and include instilling a life-long love of sports and hopefully one more reason that could attract families to move into the town.

Given the declining enrollment at the Brooklin School, Hopkins said it can sometimes be difficult to field sports teams and therefore tennis—an individual sport—makes sense. Tennis is also a competitive sport at the high school level, and both George Stevens Academy and Deer Isle-Stonington High School have teams, so students from the Brooklin School will be well suited to compete in the sport once they get to high school. Hopkins said that the students at Brooklin School were practicing tennis basics in the gym before school ended and will be “ready to hit the courts with fall physical education classes.”

The courts will also be open for public use, said Hopkins, which allows everyone in town to become more active, if they so choose.

To date the project has raised $105,000 but is still roughly $27,000 short of its fundraising goal. Anyone interested in learning more about the tennis court project or about donating can contact Hopkins at 359-5039 or at jthbrooklin@myfairpoint.net Donations can also be sent to the town of Brooklin at P.O. Box 219, Brooklin, 04616, specifically marked for the tennis court project.

Other committee members include Ben Mendlowitz, Brooklin School Principal Halina Nawrot, Katrina Parson, Jim Reinish, Lauren Reiter and Mike Sealander.