The Kennworth Tennis Center, at 3900 South Main St. in Acworth, near Old Highway 41, will see its two tennis buildings razed and replaced.
Each will cost $515,000, and Douglasville-based Prime Contracting, the company chosen by Cobb County, should start construction in about a month.
The new buildings will be bigger, have larger restrooms, covered porches with views of the courts, more storage and larger shop areas. They will also provide better accessibility for handicapped residents.
“They’ve outlived their reasonable service lives,” said Helen Goreham, who represents northwest Cobb on the Board of Commissioners.
She says it’s more cost efficient to replace the buildings than upgrade them.
Bethany Huckaby makes the trek from her home in Dallas each weekend to play at the Acworth tennis court.
Playing a doubles match with friends Sunday, she said the rebuild is long overdue.
“That needed to be upgraded for the longest time,” Huckaby said. “It’s just too small.”
She’s excited to see the upgrade, but doesn’t want the county to stop there. She’d also like to see more courts.
“More courts equals more tennis,” Huckaby said.
The project was included in the 2011 special purpose local option sales tax approved by voters.
“I think that what this SPLOST provides in the area of parks and recreation is the ability to provide the best recreational service for the best value for our taxpayer,” Goreham said.
It’s a popular court, said Eddie Cannon, director of the county’s parks and recreation department. About 58,135 tennis players visited the eight lighted tennis courts in 2012.
Other recreation projects set to begin are also SPLOST funded. Tennis courts at Terrell Mill Park in east Cobb, Fair Oaks Park in Marietta and Sweetwater Park in Austell will also be upgraded.