(Photo above is “Rastock” playing on our court)
By Jeff “Laca” Conway
The NJAA meet with the City of St. Pete this morning to go over plans for the big renovation project about to take place. The meeting went very well. Here is what we can tell you now:
The first phase, updating the lighting system to LED lighting will take place any day now. This may close the park down for a day or two. This will greatly improve the lighting out there till the park closes nightly at 11pm.
The next phase, which includes the court expansion, will commence in about 5 weeks from now.
That would make the start date around April Fool’s Day. The court is expected to be closed for a period of 45 days for the work to be completed, and would put the reopening of the new court likely in late May or around June 1st. This is assuming all goes as planned. As you know, COVID-19, the weather, and normal construction delays could be an issue.
What will the players do in the meantime? Outside of going to North Miami or Matt’s, or even a visit to Cancun, there isn’t much you can do unless you find a racquet ball court or something to throw the ball around, and that sucks.
At the end, it will be well worth it. For full details, see my story in the archive section in News.