Ready for the game

Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Darrell Birmingham and son, Brock, are pictured repainting and relining the newly resurfaced tennis court at the Manila City Park. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Resurfacing of the tennis court at the Manila City Park is one of several improvement projects at the park.

Manila Council members, Mayor Clifford Veach, and the Park Committee have worked together and looked at the overall use of the park for the betterment of the entire community.

Darrell Birmingham, member of the Manila Youth Association, said the tennis population has grown.

"We see tennis players utilizing the court almost every day," Birmingham said. "It has been 15 to 18 years since the court was resurfaced and it was in need of repair."

Birmingham, Shane Croffer, Jason Craig and Brock Birmingham painted the tennis courts following the resurfacing.

"Southworth donated 40 gallons of industrial paint," Birmingham said. "We appreciate the donation."

In addition to the tennis court, the walking trail was resurfaced and widened. The playground area was recently reworked for the younger children. Several improvements were made to the ball fields including the addition of fencing and backstop.

The park also features two full basketball courts.

The projects have been completed in part with funds from the one eighth cent sales tax for parks and recreation and money budgeted from the city's general account. The city receives a one fourth cent sales tax with half going to the swimming pool fund and half going to parks and recreation.

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