Harrison Park tennis court improvements to be done by August

2013-06-24T16:34:00Z Harrison Park tennis court improvements to be done by AugustChelsea Schneider Kirk chelsea.schneider@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | Improvements to the tennis courts at Harrison Park likely will be completed in August.

In an update to the Hammond Redevelopment Commission, Phil Taillon, executive director of the city's Department of Planning and Development, said the project has progressed slower than initially expected.

The city approved a $572,800 contract with Superior Design-Build LLC of Hammond in October to remodel the tennis courts of the park at Hohman Avenue and Waltham Street.

Initially the tennis courts were expected to be complete by May or June.

Taillon said he met with the contractor this month to learn why the delays occurred, and the city deducted some of the amount it was originally going to pay the contractor. Taillon said some of the delay issues were tied to weather.

“The project will end up costing us less, which is great,” Taillon said. “But at the same time, I want to see the project get done as quickly as possible.”

The project currently is around 6 percent under budget, said Justin Hutton, an architect with Hutton and Hutton Architects and Engineers, which is managing the project for the city. Hutton said an exact figure of what the city will save is still being worked out.

Remodeling the tennis courts is the first phase of work planned at the park. Future phases will remodel the park's playground. No timetable has been set for that work to begin.

The project is being paid for by funding the city receives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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