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Resurfacing Of Dickinson Park Tennis Courts Means Everyone Shares At Treadwell Park



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Work done on the Dickinson Park tennis courts last week had a ripple effect on the courts at Treadwell Park.

With Dickinson’s five courts closed for resurfacing, it meant local tennis enthusiasts had to share the four available courts at Treadwell Park. Fortunately, the overlap is for a brief duration.

A crew from Classic Turf Company LLC arrived at Dickinson Park on Thursday, July 23, to begin the weeklong project on the decade-old playing surfaces. Prep work was done Thursday and Friday, and then painting and re-lining the courts was done this week.

The Woodbury-based company installed the post tension concrete courts in 2010. The courts were due to be resurfaced last fall, according to Parks & Rec Assistant Director of Parks Carl Samuelson.

“With weather and other delays, we had to wait until the spring, and then this spring we had COVID come in,” Samuelson said July 29. “Now that we’ve been able to get them here, though, they’re right on schedule.”

Cost for the resurfacing, Samuelson said, was $45,000. That fee includes the cost of resurfacing a basketball court at Dickinson. That court will be done in the fall, he said.

Meanwhile, last week’s session of Newtown Parks & Recreation Summer Tennis Camp, which takes place at Dickinson Park, relocated across town to Treadwell Park.

For the fifth of seven planned sessions presented by Fairfield County Tennis, campers reported to the Philo Curtis Road location for the four-day event.

Students ages 4-15 can register for the camp’s two remaining sessions offered Mondays through Thursdays, with a Friday rain date if needed.

Noncampers were able to use the Treadwell Park courts before each morning’s session began at 9:30 am, and then needed to wait until after each camp session concluded at 1 pm to vie for the courts.

Jayson Matos pours paint and Brendan Lajoie prepares to continue working with a paint squeegee on one of five tennis courts at Dickinson Park last Tuesday morning. Both men are employees of Classic Turf, a company out of Woodbury that installed the town park’s tennis courts in 2010 and returned for resurfacing this month.
Classic Turf Construction Crew Chief Vasil Preka works paint with a squeegee on one of the Dickinson Park tennis courts last Tuesday morning. Preka said work was on schedule to be completed by July 30.
By late morning Tuesday, July 28, the two southern tennis courts at Dickinson Park had received their first coat of new paint. The three northern courts were being worked on when this photo was taken.
Fairfield County Tennis Instructor Paul Goldberg watches as a Parks & Rec tennis camp student returns a lob during Tuesday morning’s session at Treadwell Park. Camp relocated this week to Treadwell Park due to the resurfacing work at Dickinson Park.
A tennis camper returns a lob to instructor Karma Vijay during the July 28 session at Treadwell Park. —Bee Photos, Hicks
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