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School District sells old tennis courts to CRMC

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Roosevelt Tennis Courts owned by the Cherokee School District and located on Sioux Valley Drive will soon be razed and the land renovated by the Cherokee Regional Medical Center who purchased the parcel of land housing the old tennis courts for $5,000. Photo by Mike Leckband
Site to become hospital 'Hospice Garden'

The Cherokee School District Board of Education conducted a Public Hearing Friday seeking public input regarding the proposed sale of a parcel of land commonly referred to as the Roosevelt Tennis Courts to the Cherokee Regional Medical Center.

The Board approved the sale after opening and then closing the Public Hearing when nobody showed up to provide any input or comment.

The dilapidated, little-used City Roosevelt Tennis Courts located on Cherokee School District land on Sioux Valley Drive will soon be razed and the land renovated to house a Respite/Hospice Garden area serving patients and visitors of the adjacent Cherokee Regional Medical Center.

The Cherokee School Board approved the sale of the parcel of land housing the old tennis courts to the CRMC for $5,000.

The transaction, also involving the City of Cherokee, was brokered by the City in an effort to remove what many have called an "eyesore" due to the decayed condition of the 38-year-old courts, fencing, and lighting system.

CRMC CEO John Comstock said that the tentative plans are to beautify the area and transform it into a Respite/Hospice Garden.

Also involved in the transaction was a triangular parcel of unused land near the intersection of South 6th and Walnut Streets on the hill south of Washington High School. That parcel, currently owned and maintained by the School District, will transfer to the City after Friday's Public Hearing and the proper deed transfer work is completed.

After the City and School District joined to build the new six-court tennis complex on School property in the Sam Doupe Athletic Complex off East Indian Street several years ago, the Roosevelt Courts were largely ignored and little used. The School District and City jointly maintain the newer tennis court complex and share expenses.

The "newer" tennis courts at the Sam Doupe Complex are now in need of resurfacing after several years of wear and tear, and freezing and thawing conditions. That project is on the School District's radar, pending on-going negotiations with the City and the availability of funds from both entities.

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