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Construction project to rejuvenate the courts at Molalla High will begin in September, done by May 2022

A much-needed face-lift to the tennis courts at Molalla High School are just about to get underway. The school held a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday, Aug. 22, to celebrate the work of the Ideal Athletic Program, the Molalla River School District and a continued partnership with the community, according to Athletic Director Kristen Rott.

Total estimated cost of the project is $344,000, paid for through funds from the sale of district-owned property. Construction begins the first week of September and should be done next May, according to Rott. The paved courts will be playable during the 2022 spring season.

PMG PHOTO: SANDY STOREY - A gathering Sunday afternoon at the Molalla High School tennis courts that are set for a complete recvamping.

"The Molalla River School District's approval for a reconstruction of the five tennis courts of Molalla High School was approved July 8," Rott said. "The approval to reconstruct these tennis courts has been a desire of the tennis programs and community for over a decade. The approval to fund this project is the result of two years of dedicated community members — student-athletes, student-athlete parents, coaches and members of the community — participating in the Ideal Athletic Program monthly visioning project."

Of the long list of items produced by the IAP committee, some of which include improved communication protocols, emergency action plans, student-athlete handbook language updates, was a prioritized list of facility improvements and their estimated costs. The full list of items recommended by the committee exceeded $1 million.

PMG PHOTO: SANDY STOREY - Molalla High School Athletic Director Kristen Rott offers a few words about how the tennis court reconditioning came about and who contributed to it during Sunday's groundbreaking event.

Most of the items selected focused on improving practice and game facilities from a risk and liability perspective as well as a player/spectator experience. Members of the committee agreed the tennis courts were the top priority.

"The committee and the board appreciate that a facility improvement for any team is a win for all the teams, and the IAP," Rott said.

The existing tennis courts, built in 1975, have been the only tennis courts in the city of Molalla.

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