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Glenwood Optimists, Park Board Partner To Restore Basketball, Tennis Courts at City Recreation Complex

By Joe Foreman, Editor

Basketball and tennis players in Glenwood have some refurbished courts to perfect their talents on thanks to the commitment of the Glenwood Park Board and a substantial donation from the Glenwood Optimist Club.

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The outdoor basketball court and two tennis courts at the city’s recreation complex on the east edge of town were recently resurfaced with an acrylic overlay, repainted and restriped by a team of workers from Nebraska City-based Tennis Courts Unlimited.

The Glenwood Optimists picked up the $4,000 tab to resurface and repaint the basketball court, allowing the park board to pay for restoration of the tennis courts.

“The kids and adults in Glenwood deserve a nice place to play. We’re just trying to get stuff at the complex fixed and cleaned up a little bit,” park board chairman Lyle Mayberry said. “It’s something you have to take a little pride in.”

The basketball court, built in 1993 as a memorial to late Glenwood Police Sgt. Jim Kelleher, was showing 21 years of wear-and-tear.

“When Sgt. Kelleher died, his wife approached the city and said the family wanted to do something for kids in Glenwood, and that’s how the basketball court came to be,” Mayberry said. “We’re pleased to make the improvements because the court gets a lot of use.”

In addition to the resurfacing, painting and striping, the park board also replaced a damaged backboard at the court and hung new nets on the hoops.

Mayberry said he’s appreciative of the Glenwood Optimists’ support, noting service clubs and other volunteer organizations have played a major role in developing and enhancing recreational facilities for the community.

“If it weren’t for service clubs and volunteers, we would not have the facilities we have today,” Mayberry said.

The Glenwood Optimists have a long history of sponsoring and supporting programs for the benefit of children. Glenwood Optimist president Larry Raabe said the club is pleased to partner with the park board in bringing improvements to the city recreation complex.

“The Glenwood Optimists are always looking for ways to support positive youth activities in the community,” Raabe said. “By partnering with the park board we were able help make some needed repairs to the basketball and tennis courts.”