The village wants input from residents regarding construction of a new community center and move of Wellington’s tennis courts.
Public workshops are scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday and from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, all in village hall.
The village council early this year voted to move Wellington’s popular tennis program to a new location, away from the municipal hub that includes village hall.
But the board didn’t want to choose a spot until hearing from the public.
Several locations have been proposed and appear to be the front-runners, but the field is “wide open” in terms of a new home for players, said Jim Barnes, the village’s director of operations.
“We want to get whatever input it is they have,” Barnes said of the meetings.
During its January vote, the council said it was particularly interested in hearing from tennis players and residents in communities near the proposed locations. Those sites are: a 10-acre civic site near the Mall at Wellington Green, K-Park and 15 village-owned acres at Lyons Road and Stribling Way.
Moving the program is expected to expand the tennis facility from 16 courts to as many as 24. Tommy Cheatham, who runs Wellington’s program, had said he’d be in favor of moving to a new spot if more courts get built.
In May 2011, the council voted to tear down the 30-year-old community center next to the tennis courts in favor of building a new one.
But it first wanted to figure out whether and where to move the tennis program. At one point the council considered building the new community center somewhere else, but that idea died.
Construction of a new center is projected to be complete by late 2014.