Conway serves up new facility

A crew works on eight post-tensioned outdoor courts at the city’s new Tennis Center on Tuesday. Next, they will apply the Wampus Cat blue colored surface.

Corco Construction continued court work on the new Tennis Center at Laurel Park on Tuesday.

 

“They poured the last of [the courts] today,” Chief of Staff Jack Bell said. “Application of the colored surface will be next. The courts will be Wampus Cat blue and around the outside will be green.”

In July, the city of Conway appropriated $2.5 million from the Parks Department Advertising and Promotion (A&P) fund for the project and approved a bid from Corco Construction.

The facility will include features for players and spectators.

There will be eight post-tensioned outdoor courts, a designated practice area with backboard and restroom facilities that include showers.

Spectators will have access to tiered outdoor seating, covered bleacher seating and heated/cooled indoor viewing areas.

Construction on that area will begin once the courts are complete, Bell said.

“The buildings are coming up pretty good,” he said. “Once they get finished with the courts, that group will move out and they can get to work on the concrete areas for spectators, areas between the courts, that type of thing.”

The tennis center will have an entry building that includes a reception desk, waiting area, offices and a pro shop.

Bell said he doesn’t have a scheduled opening for the facility but recent conditions have helped construction along.

“The weather has been really good for it,” he said.

Architect Rik Sowell designed the facility.

“It’s going to be great for Conway,” Sowell said.

 

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