Greenland mulls moving
by Portsmouth Herald News
In March, voters may be asked to consider a warrant article to either repair or move to a different location the town's tennis and basketball courts. A notice seeking residents' support for the move, sponsored by the Recreation Department, is posted on the town Web site.
"Our Caswell Park basketball and tennis courts are a disgrace. They have deteriorated over recent years mainly due to poor original foundations and drainage, resulting in heaving and cracking throughout the various playing areas.
"The Band-Aid repairs made in past years have not held up since what was needed was major surgery. The benefits of restoring these playing areas are many. The courts are available to every member of the community at all times of the day. Hoops and tennis games are easy to arrange with minimal notice (and) provide outdoor exercise for all," reads a portion of the posting.
Town Administrator Karen Anderson said the basketball court is missing a stanchion.
"The tennis courts are a consistent problem," she said. "They are heaving in winter. The cracks have been repaired, but they crack again."
Christopher Keenan was on the Recreation Committee when it began considering what to do about the courts.
"They say the tennis courts are playable, but in my opinion it's dangerous to be played on. ... It's pretty wet out there, built on swamp land when you could still do that. The rules were different then, and as houses got built around the fields, it changed the drainage pattern."
Keenan said there are a couple of options, one being moving the tennis and basketball courts to a small field that had been used for youth soccer.
Anderson said what to do will be a town meeting vote. "We're in the engineering phase to see if we should switch the location. ... It's about the hydrology. The drainage there has been difficult to deal with."