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City of Sibley seeks public input on closed tennis court fate

The Central Park tennis courts in Sibley, Iowa are closed due to a cracked playing surface. (Special to The Globe)

SIBLEY, Iowa — The city of Sibley is considering the fate of its tennis courts.

The city is seeking public input regarding the courts — which have been closed for approximately two playing seasons due to hazardous court conditions, said Sibley City Clerk/Finance Director Susan Sembach.

“We want to really see where the public sits and what amenities they would like to see in their park,” Sembach said.

The survey — found on the Sibley, Iowa Facebook page — allows individuals to weigh in on whether they’d like to see the city rehabilitate its Central Park tennis courts or reconstruct them for another purpose. Other options include a basketball court, 9 Square in the Air, horseshoe pits or tearing them out to provide more green space. Survey respondents by Friday afternoon also suggested a dog park, more playground equipment, pickleball, lawn bowling, a multi-sport court or an outdoor amphitheater.

Sembach said the tennis courts have been on the back burner for some time, as an immediate fix to the split and crumbling playing surface was deemed to be cost prohibitive.

“The city got estimates to redo the tennis courts,” Sembach said, which came back to be between a $70,000 to $100,000 fix.

Council members will hear survey input and consider their next course of action during Monday’s city council meeting.