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City looking to add more tennis courts

Multiple courts planned at Central Park in Saugus

Posted: February 10, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 10, 2014 2:00 a.m.

With budget talks under way for the next fiscal year, Santa Clarita city officials say they’re hearing the public wants more tennis facilities served up in the near future.

“The community wants tennis courts,” Mayor Laurene Weste said during an interview last week following a preliminary budget conference.

The city currently has seven tennis courts, according to spokeswoman Gail Morgan. Joint use agreements, including with the William S. Hart Union High School District give the city access to a collection of others.Morgan said the city is working with the Hart district to examine adding outdoor lighting to more of the district’s tennis courts.

The Hart district itself is undergoing work to expand its tennis facilities, with plans to add additional courts at Hart High School and Saugus High School, giving each of the district’s comprehensive high schools six tennis courts apiece.

A big boost to the city’s tennis services is built into the master plan for Central Park in Saugus, which includes plans to build a multi-court tennis complex, Morgan said.

But there is currently no funding available for that complex and no timeline on when it might be built, she said.

Part of the difficulty is that projects like new facilities at Central Park compete for funding with other projects, such as construction of a permanent Canyon Country Community Center or a new library with community meeting rooms in Saugus.

“As always, when it’s budget time, we have competing priorities,” Morgan said.

She said it’s also important to remember that any type of building carries with it a continued cost.

“For all the things we build, we have to build in the maintenance costs as well,” Morgan said. “Nothing is just a one-time cost.”
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