MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Groundbreaking took place at 1:30 p.m. today, October 4, on the construction of the Memorial Park Tennis Courts in Maplewood on Valley St. (between Oakland Rd. and Baker St.).

While the tennis courts are under construction they will be closed until further notice.

At the groundbreaking ceremony Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca stated that he is "looking forward to having new courts for our residents," and Deputy Mayor Kathy Leventhal expressed thanks for the efforts of Keith Knudsen, Director of Recreation & Cultural Affairs, and Thomas Malavasi, Twp. Engineer, for their work in making this construction project at the tennis courts happen, as well as for the Open Space Trust Fund Advisory Committee for securing the funds for the project. The project's engineering and design was done by Suburban Consulting Engineering.

Kundsen explained that the tennis courts were showing signs of age and wear and tear, with cracking on the surface of the courts. Tennis instructors had reported that some cracks were too wide and too deep to be repaired with just a new top coat to the courts. The current courts will have a new base, new asphalt, and new color coating, which will be the same colors used by U.S. Tennis: blue for the in-bound court, and dark green for the outer, out-of-bounds area around the court.