News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 14, 2013
Tennis Courts for Brooklin
Committee to hold meeting

The volunteer committee raising money to build two outdoor tennis courts at the Brooklin School will hold a public information meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, at the Brooklin School library. Committee members will describe the project and answer questions. The town will vote on whether to accept the project at the April 6 annual town meeting.

The committee’s goal is to build the courts without cost to the town, committee chairman Jon Hopkins said in a press release.

“Through the school, we can introduce our young people to this lifelong sport as part of their physical education and after school programs. The courts will also provide a recreational opportunity for everyone in town. Tennis is one of only a few sports that can be enjoyed by people for a lifetime at little cost. More enjoyable exercise options will help in building a healthier community. We have strong support from the school” and Board of Selectmen.

“We have put together a budget for the project of $105,000, to be funded by gifts and grants. It includes a maintenance fund that will cover costs for the first 10 years. The courts will be asphalt with a filler and paint layer, similar to those in Blue Hill and Deer Isle, without lights. We will provide the school with equipment for the kids in appropriate sizes.

Donations will be tax deductible. The town will need to officially authorize and accept the courts by a vote at the town meeting. Fund raising is going well, but we still need help to meet our goal. Anyone interested in helping can contact Hopkins at 359-5039.

If fundraising is successful, building could begin as soon as school is out in June and be ready for play by mid-August.”