More donations to be accepted for tennis new courts

More than $25,000 in donations for new tennis courts adjacent to Wapakoneta High School are expected to be accepted by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members during Tuesday’s board meeting.
The donations to be accepted at the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the school board office, include $16,000 from Wapakoneta Rotary Club, $7,500 from the Wapakoneta City Recreation Department, and $2,000 from Miller’s Textile.
Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said to date 85 percent of the project has been funded by donations.
“The support of the community has been amazing,” Horner said.
Wapakoneta City Schools Operations Director Mike Watt said Friday that approximately $184,000 has been contributed to the project through community donations. “Hopefully there’s more to come.”
Total project costs are estimated at $195,000, with the courts’ cost approximately $180,000 and soil work to stabilize the ground approximately $15,000.
“We’re attempting to pay it all with donations,” Watt said. “Hopefully there’s more to come. We’re working on it. We thank those who have already made donations.
Watt said the project got a little behind this summer because of a closure with the asphalt plant, but the poles went up last week and the fence is scheduled to be installed today.
“The hope is that it will be open by Sept. 3,” Watt said.
Any individuals or groups interested in giving to help fund the construction of the new tennis courts should contact Watt or Athletic Director Brad Rex.