Manchester DPW to renovate city basketball, tennis courtsBy PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader
May 16. 2018 9:49PM
MANCHESTER — Public works officials are preparing to renovate basketball and tennis courts at several parks across Manchester this summer, after learning the city will receive $75,000 over the next three years from the Kiwanis Club of Manchester.
Officials with the city’s Parks, Recreation & Cemeteries Division say the funds will be held in a Community Improvement Program (CIP) account, then used to complete renovations at up to seven park areas across Manchester, including five basketball courts and 12 tennis courts.
“We are very excited to be partnering with the Kiwanis Club of Manchester to improve outdoor courts across the city,” said Don Pinard, chief of Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries. “Their support is invaluable as we work toward meeting the facility needs of individuals who are looking to live a healthier lifestyle. Members of organizations who also rely on our facilities will benefit greatly by the court upgrades that will be completed with this grant funding.”
“I’d like to extend a huge thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Manchester for their generous donation,” said Mayor Joyce Craig in a statement. “With their significant financial gift, we can now make much-needed renovations and upgrades to basketball and tennis courts throughout the city. I’m grateful for the dedication shown by the Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries Department for working diligently to ensure our city facilities continue to enrich the lives of youth in our city.”
Pinard said Pulaski and Sweeney parks are “at the top of my list” of locations he’d like to see benefit from the funds, along with the pickleball courts at Rock Rimmon Park. Tennis courts at Derryfield and Youngsville parks, and the basketball courts at Wolfe Park, are also high on his list of sites.
Pinard said planned improvements include resurfacing and crack-sealing work. He said he anticipates work to begin this construction season.
To help fund local organizations supporting the city’s youth, the Kiwanis Club of Manchester hosts multiple fundraising initiatives annually, with one of the largest being the annual Kiwanis Auction “under the big white tent.”
The 51st annual auction is set to take place rain or shine on Saturday, June 2, at Webster House, 135 Webster St.
“This is our major fundraiser with lots of exciting items to be auctioned off such as movie passes, memberships, ski passes, televisions, bicycles, rounds of golf, lots of sports memorabilia both signed and unsigned and many collectibles,” said Bill Kirmes, auction co-chairman.
The auction kicks off at 10 a.m., with a preview taking place at 9 a.m. Refreshments are available and admission is free.