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Nov 03, 2017

Fair Haven Fields Tennis Court Project

By Lori Draz

On Thursday, September 28, the Borough of Fair Haven and the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) Board of Education cut the ribbon on the newly constructed tennis courts at Fair Haven Fields. Following the ribbon cutting, the RFH girls’ tennis team hosted a Shore Conference Tennis Tournament match against Mater Dei. This construction project was a significant capital investment in new and expanded tennis facilities. The funding of the five new tennis courts is also unique, as the expenses were jointly funded by an innovative and cost-effective interlocal agreement between the Borough of Fair Haven and the RFH Board of Education, through the support of Fair Haven Borough Administrator Theresa Casagrande and RFH Business Administrator Frank Gripp, along with their respective boards and governing body members.

In 2016, the borough’s four old and cracked existing tennis courts needed to be completely replaced. At the same time, the RFH tennis courts needed extensive repairs. The school was in danger of not being able to accommodate high school tennis matches, plus it needed more recreational space, which could be achieved by relocating their tennis court facilities. The borough and the board of education’s interlocal agreement allowed both groups to split the construction costs and includes provisions for future court maintenance. As an added bonus, sharing the facilities and construction costs for these new courts allowed taxpayers of both towns to save a significant amount of money.

The new courts will be home to the RFH girls’ tennis team in the fall season and the Fair Haven Knollwood Elementary School and Rumson-Fair Haven boys’ tennis team in the spring season. These courts will be open to the public at all times except for school team use and some miscellaneou borough-approved camps and clinics. Additionally, two of the new courts have been painted for the fast-growing and very popular sport of pickle ball.

The Borough of Fair Haven and the Rumson-Fair Haven Board of Education thank residents for their patience during the construction and remind everyone to refrain from using bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, etc. on the new courts, as this greatly diminishes their condition.

For more information on the Fair Haven Fields tennis courts, visit www.Fairhavennj.org.

N14R(1) — RFH girls’ tennis team, Fair Haven Recreation Committee members Betsy Koch, Erin Gotch, and Rachel Griffin, Director of Special Projects/Recreation DJ Breckenridge, Fair Haven Council members Susan Sorensen, Chris Rodriguez, and Bob Marchese, Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli, Fair Haven Borough Administrator Theresa Casagrande, RFH Athletic Director Chris Lanzalotto, RFH Business Administrator Frank Gripp, Fair Haven Borough Clerk Allyson Cinquegrana, and RFH Board of Education President Lisa Waters.