Tennis courts approved for Widmyer grounds

September 16, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Four tennis courts were approved by the Morgan County Board of Education on Tuesday night and will be built on Widmyer Elementary School grounds. 

Approval was given to the Morgan County Tennis Association to build the courts in the general location between the RESA VIII building and the softball field on the east side of Warm Springs Run, said David Banks, superintendent of Morgan County Schools. 

The association has two years to secure funding, and approval will expire in September 2011, board president Laura Smith said.

No money was requested from the Board of Education, Banks said. 

Board member Larry Omps said other areas of the school's grounds are available for a new softball field. 

Smith said the courts will be used by Berkeley Springs High School, Widmyer Elementary School and the community. 

Bruce Beadenkopf, acting director of Morgan County Parks and Recreation, and members of the Morgan County Tennis Association requested using the school's property at the last Board meeting.  


"Interest has grown so much in the community," Beadenkopf said Wednesday. 

He said the tennis team at Berkeley Springs High School has never held a home match because of lack of courts.

"They always traveled to other schools," he said. 

The high school tennis program, which has grown to 40 students, has to share two courts on Biser Street for practice, Beadenkopf said.  

The high school athletic director, Chad Brinegar, is in favor of building the courts, Banks said.

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