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Skyview’s new tennis courts provide team a place to call their own

The Skyview Girls Tennis team’s season is going to look a little different this year now that they have four tennis courts to call their own. Thanks to a generous Adams County Open Space grant, Mapleton Public Schools was able to construct Rainbow Park on the north side of Monterey Community School, which includes the courts, a walking path and extra exercise equipment.

Tennis CourtsThe beautiful blue and green courts, which were completed in June, are sized to meet United States Tennis Association regulations. They not only provide the team a close location to practice, but also allow them to host tennis matches in the district. For more than a decade, the team was forced to squeeze and rotate its more than 20-person roster into two courts at an off-site rec center for weekday practices and take buses to home meets at another. 

Mapleton Public Schools’ Athletics & Student Activities Director Susan Gerhart said practicing at a good facility will no doubt enhance the team’s training, but the courts could serve an even greater purpose. 

“We want these courts to be a source of pride for them. By making sure they have the best equipment and giving them better visibility from their classmates, family and friends, we hope this helps boost morale for the team as athletes and students,” she said. 

The courts are also open for community use before and after school hours, for either tennis or pickle ball.