Mysterious problems keep gates closed at tennis parks

Experts are trying to determine what can be done to address the baffling issue that closed the new tennis courts at Binghamton theme park.

Workers at Broome Bituminous Products of Vestal removed the top layer of asphalt from the collector in April. Then the courts reappeared.

Mayor Jared Graham said the materials originally used in the courts “did not meet the city’s expectations in terms of drainage and water repellency”.

The Recreation Park tennis court re-emerged on June 6, 2022 (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

The Recreation Park tennis court re-emerged on June 6, 2022 (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

Despite the show business, problems with tennis elbow continued. The consultants “continue to investigate both water and steam, essentially where they shouldn’t be in court,” Craham said.

“We kind of turn over every rock – literally – to see what’s causing these problems,” the mayor said. He said that while the city wants to address the matter quickly, it also wants to deal with it “responsibly”.

Recreation Park tennis courts remain off-limits to the public. (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

Recreation Park tennis courts remain off-limits to the public. (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

Graham said there were still questions regarding “some of the fumes coming through the court.” “It remains a mystery why” the presence of water or fumes persisted in parts of the facility, he said.

The mayor said the engineering firm that had been working on these issues had brought in “outside people to look into” the situation.

“Some of the challenges” at the facility are “rather new to people who have worked on tennis courts for 20 or 30 years,” Graham said.

View of Rec Park tennis court looking west. (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

View of Rec Park tennis court looking west. (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

The mayor said experts are continuing to monitor the new roof to try to determine if any settling or specific drainage issues are occurring.

Graham said he wants tennis courts to be open for use as soon as possible, noting that Rec Park is the most widely used site in the city.

“It’s a strange phenomenon – almost a phenomenon – the way the rooftop of the court has been closed but there is a kind of appearance” that is under investigation, the mayor said.

The original cost of the tennis court project was estimated at $1.5 million. It is not known how much can be spent to address persistent issues.

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com. For breaking news and updates on developing Stories, follow Tweet embed on Twitter.

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