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      Escanaba athletic courts resurfaced

      After a week of work, the Escanaba athletic courts are back in action.

      One basketball and 10 tennis courts were resurfaced throughout Ludington Park, Royce Park and Escanaba High School.

      The total for the project was over $48,000. The high school contributed nearly $17,000 for their four courts. On top of that, the Michigan Department of Recreation Passport Grant Program supplied over $16,000.

      It is recommended by contractors to have the courts redone every five to six years. The last time Escanaba's courts had been re-surfaced was eight years ago, and it was time, said officials.

      "This past year was a very hard year on the courts because of the extra snow that we received and the extra cold temperatures," says Tom Penegor, Recreation Director. "The worst thing for a tennis court is the moisture that can eventually seep into the material."

      Escanaba officials said their community has the only lit tennis courts in the Upper Peninsula.