YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Tennis courts at town-owned Downing, Blackberry Woods and Shrub Oak parks will be repaired this summer, said Todd Orlowski, superintendent of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Work has already begun on the lower courts at Downing Park, which should re-open sometime in July, Orlowski said.

For years, Orlowski said, the tennis courts have deteriorated, “and some have closed due to irreversible damage.” Fixing the courts has always been a priority for the department, he said, but projects of this magnitude “take planning, have challenges, and must be feasible.”

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In August 2018, the Parks and Recreation Commission authorized Orlowski to advertise a bid for the tennis court repairs. A contract was awarded two months later to the Mahopac-based Oval Tennis, Inc., but the town had to wait for temperatures to warm back up before the work could begin.

When Downing Park is done, workers will move on to Blackberry Woods Park and then Shrub Oak Park, the latter of which will be “completely reconstructed,” Orlowski said.

Once complete, nine courts will have received the necessary repairs to be back online for residents to enjoy and increase the opportunity to play tennis at various parks in Yorktown,” he said.