June 30, 2014
I wanted to update everyone on the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony last Saturday. The weather was great, there were lots of people, and most importantly, outdoor handball is now being played in Colorado Springs! Thanks to all who attended the ceremony. To those folks who came from out of town, I want to extend a special thanks. Without your support, this project would never have succeeded...
I was taking pictures on Saturday and I've added them to our project picture album. You can check them out on our picture web link: Here
Obvious to those who attended and those who have seen the pictures of the courts, there are a couple of issues:
First, the ceiling is causing a lot of concern to many players. So if you were down here Saturday and or looking at the pictures and trying to figure out the logic in the ceiling design, don't. As I mentioned in previous emails, there was a design issue with it. Actually, the architect decided to raise the ceiling six inches so he could lower the lights to 20 feet?? Unfortunately, nobody bothered to let Lewie and I in on this brilliant decision. In addition, they did not include the revision change in the plans we were given to review the project. Consequently, we didn't know about the change from the Fort Collins plans and ours until they were installing the ceiling. Apparently, the architect and Parks and Recreation did not realize that the ceiling is actually part of the playing court. They thought the ceiling was to be used to keep handballs in the court and baseballs from flying onto the court. Pretty expensive ball shield!! Anyhow, they are aware of the problem, and are currently working on fixing things. We will make sure that a nice smooth ceiling surface will be available at 20 feet with no gaps for handballs to fly out of the court.
Second, there were some comments about the joint issues on the walls. I've been told many times by the architect and Parks and Rec that they will eventually be smooth. Right now they are researching the right material to use.
There were a lot of positive comments about the courts, and the good news is that the Mayor and Parks and Recreation are already talking about the possibility of more courts being built!
So, thank you all for your support. If you have any other comments about the courts, please let me know and I will pass them on.
June 20, 2014
This is an update on the status of the Memorial Park Handball Courts Project.
I wanted to let everyone know that the dedication ceremony for the new tennis facility and the outdoor handball courts at Memorial Park is officially scheduled for next Saturday, June 28th. The draft schedule provided by Park staff is listed below.
This is a big event which will include the Mayor and City Council along with the local media. I'm hoping you all can attend to help show our appreciation...
The courts are still not complete. There are some issues with the ceiling which most likely will not be finished by next Saturday. We are not hosting a shootout tournament at this time, but please bring your gear and get some playing time on the new courts.
The location of the courts is at 1315 E Pikes Peak Ave directly west of the Tennis Center in Memorial Park: Google Link
An official invitation will be sent to me the first of the week. If anything changes, I will get the information to you.
Hope to see you Saturday morning June 28th!!
If you would like to see the latest on the courts, check out the picture web link: Here
Below is a draft run of show for the event.
Start Time: 10:30 am (PR&CS staff, Mayor and Council members will be coming directly from a groundbreaking event at America the Beautiful park)
Location: Memorial Park Tennis and Handball Center (near the handball courts), 1315 E Pikes Peak Ave.
Welcome & Introductions (Karen Palus)
Mayor’s remarks (Mayor Steve Bach)
Tennis Association remarks (Anthony & Karen – Will one or both of you speak on behalf of the TA?)
Handball Club remarks (Monty Sims, Louis Lambert and Stan Wolpoff)
Ribbon-Cutting and Photo-Op (Karen Palus, Mayor Bach, Tennis reps, Handball reps)
Light refreshments served
The parks department will provide a podium/microphone as well as the ribbon and scissors for the ribbon cutting. Speakers will have 2-3 minutes each to make their comments.