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Fund-raising project under way

<p>photo by GEORGE “CLAY” MITCHELL</p><p>Van Buren tennis players Brittney Yeamons (left) and Andy Turner (right) show off the Legacy Bricks being sold by the tennis team to help with the construction of the sidewalk around the city’s tennis courts.</p>

photo by GEORGE “CLAY” MITCHELL

Van Buren tennis players Brittney Yeamons (left) and Andy Turner (right) show off the Legacy Bricks being sold by the tennis team to help with the construction of the sidewalk around the city’s tennis courts.

Members of the Van Buren High School tennis team have undertaken a fund-raising project which will offer memories for years to come.

The City of Van Buren is in the process of building a sidewalk around the perimeter of the municipal tennis courts on East Pointer Trail as part of a project to renovate the facility adjacent to the high school on East Pointer Trail.

As part of the sidewalk project, the tennis team will incorporate red brick pavers in the sidewalk, according to VBHS tennis coach Brandy Mosby.

She said the Van Buren Living Legacy Sidewalk will serve multiple purposes.

The sidewalk will provide for better drainage and a level area for spectators as well as making the tennis courts more Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.

“We will incorporate the red brick pavers in this sidewalk for several reasons,” Mosby said. “It will offer local businesses long-term advertising as well as being aesthetically pleasing.”

And, she said, it will provide an opportunity to honor tennis team members and alumni or a even a special fan.

Mosby cited such as examples: Jane Smith All-State 1976, Proud to be a Pointer and Jim Smith Pointer Tennis Senior 2014.

”Gyms have their banners,” she said. “Now tennis players and alumni will have a place to display honors and special Pointer memories.”

The Van Buren Living Legacy Sidewalk will be on school campus and around one of the most actively used parks the city has, Mosby said. It also will help the high school tennis team with expenses for its banquet at the end of the year, the awards and some special meals and equipment.

“It will be a wonderful place where you can honor your parents, grandparents, children and your grandchildren for years to come,” Mosby said. “This is the perfect place for this … let’s make some memories for years to come.”

New lights on the municipal tennis courts on West Pointer Trail were recently installed. The Van Buren City Council approved purchasing the lights from MUSCO Lighting for $83,000 and installation by Hill Electric Inc. for $46,800. The project was funded by a 1-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2012.

Orders for the red brick pavers are due Tuesday, Oct. 1. Cost is $30 per brick.

Checks should be payable to the Van Buren Tennis Booster Club and mailed to club president Melinda Hill, 707 N. 22nd St., Van Buren, AR 72956.

For more information, contact Mosby at bmosby@vbsd.us.

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