New tennis courts bring opportunities to Conway Springs

Much of the work on the new tennis courts in Conway Springs is now complete, although the courts won’t be in use until next spring.

Conway Springs will soon be enjoying additional tennis courts at the Central Park.

Construction began this fall and is nearly complete. Some lighting, electrical lines, and a top coat for the court will be completed later, making the courts available for use by the spring season.

“The crews working on the project have done a fantastic job thus far,” said high school principal Brent Harrell. “It’s amazing how quickly the project began to take shape.”

The additional courts will allow Conway Springs to host regional tournaments. More activities mean more visitors and more money for Conway Springs.

“The new courts will also be used to host summer events. Those would not be school events, but summer tennis program events. These tournaments bring in players from all around the area, which will allow our younger kids to display their abilities and should bring in some revenue to our local businesses. We have had summer tennis for many years but this will allow it to expand, which gives our kids another healthy choice of summer activities,” said USD 356 superintendent Clay Murphy.

Tennis is a popular sport for the town. Conway Springs High School signs up more than 20 girls in the fall season and more than 20 boys in the spring season. Instructing that many participants at once can be challenging.

Head coach Chris Bellar believes the new addition will greatly help with practices. In recent seasons, the teams have had to practice in shifts to get everybody on the courts.

“I’m really excited,” said Bellar. “It’s going to be a nice facility.”