Northland Manor Park Tennis Court Relocation - Project: 2019 Northland Manor Park Tennis Court Construction

Last Updated: 11/04/2019

Work to install the tennis courts at Northland Manor Park is complete for 2019 - work to resume in spring 2020

Northland Manor Park 10-23-2019
Northland Manor Park 10-24-2019

Contractor Drax, Inc. mobilized to the site the week of 9.9.19 and installed gravel base course prior to subcontractor Wolf Paving installing asphalt paving the weeks of 9-23-2019 & 10-4-3019.  Work to install the fence, gate and net posts by subcontractor Century Fence began the week of 10-7-2019 and was followed by striping of the courts - Century Fence returned the week of 10-21-19 to install chain link fabric, fence gates and the remaining net post items.  The installation of the last sections of erosion control mat over the disturbance area at the end of October closed out work this fall. 

In May-June 2020, the courts will be color-coated and re-striped, completing the contract. Color coating for sport court surfaces requires a daily average daytime and overnight temperature of 50F and due to the known later season start of the contract, the specifications were bid such that the color coat work would be performed by June 15, 2020.  Parks added the striping work to the fall construction so that the courts would be playable in the earliest part of the season in 2020.

Prior to work beginning by Drax, Inc., Parks Construction staff demolished the existing courts in spring 2019 and spread topsoil and seed at the former court site in advance of work by Century Fence to install a new backstop at the N/W corner.  

Please contact Project Manager Kate Kane ( or (608) 261-9671) if you have any questions about the project.

Tthe contract to construct the new courts at the park was advertised for bid in summer 2019 and opened on July 25, 2019.  The contract was awarded to low bidder Drax, Inc., who submitted the lowest bid received at $196,663.10, with work on the project, anticipated to be completed in fall 2019 with completion of the color sport court surfacing in spring 2020.

A public input meeting to discuss the project was held February 11, 2019 at Gompers Elementary School library.  Meeting notices were sent to all addresses within 1/4 mile radius of the park as well as posted to Parks social media accounts, as a City of Madison news item, and shared with District 18 Alder Rebecca Kemble.

Materials from the meeting can be found by following the links, below.  At the meeting, Parks staff provided a brief history of the tennis courts at the park, discussed site opportunities and constraints and answered questions from attendees about the project.  Prior to the conclusion of the meeting, attendees were asked to vote on one of two options (shown below and at the meeting as Option A and Option B).  These options would either: replace the park's backstop at the S/W corner of the park following demolition of the existing tennis courts but remove tennis as an amenity at the park (Option A) OR keep tennis at Northland Manor Park following the demolition of the existing courts but relocate the courts to the S/W corner of the park - the park's backstop would in turn be relocated to the N/W corner (Option B).  At the meeting, the overwhelming preference was for Option B.  The results of the board voting from the meeting can also be found by following the links, below.

The comment period to provide input on the project closed on February 22, 2019. As a result of the input obtained prior to, during, and following the public meeting and in consultation with District 18 Alder Kemble, the master plan amendment showing the tennis courts relocated to the S/W corner of the park and the backstop at the N/W corner moved forward as a proposed amendment to the park's master plan at the Board of Park Commissioners meeting on 3/13. At the meeting the Board voted to approve the master plan amendment as shown, below:


Historic aerial images from the late 1930s-early 1950s show that the northwest corner of the park where the courts are presently located was once an open body of water prior to the parcel becoming public park property.  Recent soil borings in the area confirm that the subgrade in this area of the park is consistent with a pond or water body that was filled in with organic material.  The semi-frequent sink holes that have opened in the court surface since their construction in 1975 confirm that this location is less-than-ideal for large paved areas within the park.