West Iron grad funds tennis court renovation
IRON RIVER—Generations of tennis players, both competitive and recreational, have taken to the courts at Nelson Field to enjoy hours swatting forehands, backhands and serves.
But those who have played on the courts in recent years know that the venerable courts were degrading. The cement surface had begun to crack, and the courts themselves had uneven spots, sometimes causing odd bounces that sent players scurrying to retrieve shots.
Professionals playing on a grass court are equipped to handle such adversity, not amateurs playing on a cement court.
The problem fixing the issues at the Nelson Field tennis courts all along has been funding. To do the job properly was going to take a substantial cash outlay, and the West Iron County Booster Club simply didn’t have the funds to do so.
Until Toby Brzoznowski, a 1988 West Iron graduate, offered to help. Late last year, Brzoznowski donated $150,000 to the booster club to fix the courts, remove the grass between the middle courts and add new benches, posts and nets. That work has been ongoing this summer, and after allowing the cement to settle for a few weeks, the courts will be resurfaced and be good to go for current and future players.