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Tentative OK given for Allegheny Valley School District tennis courts

| Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Springdale Council on Tuesday tentatively agreed to let Allegheny Valley School District build tennis courts on borough property.

A handful of borough and district officials will meet at the end of the month to further discuss the plans, which involve constructing three courts at a cost ranging from $500,000 to $750,000.

The officials said they will discuss having a playground and multipurpose court built as part of the project. The additional court could serve as a basketball court or deck hockey rink, they said.

The facility would be built on 1.5 acres of what is known as Desmone Field, school board President Scott Redman said. The field sits along Marion Avenue, across from the student parking lot.

District officials said the site is ideal because of its proximity to the campus. Former school director Antonio "Nino" Pollino, who remains involved with the project, said that in addition to the tennis team, gym students would be able to use the courts.

Placing the courts on borough property would allow the public to use them when students are not, the officials said.

Pollino said borough and district officials will have to iron out "who will pay for what."

At the very least, the district will pay to have the courts built and will maintain the courts, according to Redman.

Council previously gave tentative approval to the project. Pollino said the two sides need to go through the process again because council and the school board have new members.

Councilman Mike Ziencik suggested that school district officials consult with residents who live near Desmone Field to gauge their concerns. Pollino and Redman indicated the district will work with neighbors.

The district officials said their plans don't call for installing lights.

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