In the first week of June, crews are scheduled to begin tearing away the old, cracked and discolored surface of the courts — last resurfaced in 2005 — and start laying down a brand new court surface, according Joe White, superintendent of business services with the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District.
The district held a bidding contest between three contractors, with the winning bid coming in at $292,350, White said.
The cost of revamping the courts is going to cost more than the cost of a recent upgrade to the courts at Mountain View High School for a number of reasons, according to White. First, there are five more courts at LAHS than at MVHS. Secondly, there is a fence running alongside the courts that needs to be removed. And finally, the amount of asphalt that needs to be torn out below the court surface is about 5-1/2 inches thick — twice as thick as underlying asphalt at the MVHS courts.
The new surface of the courts will feature a different color scheme than before, White said. Instead of the traditional green with white lines, the main playing area will now be blue — "Los Altos Eagle blue," as MVLA Superintendent Barry Groves called it. The blue center rectangle will still be divided by white lines, and will be ringed in green.
"It will look sharp," White said.
The district will pay for the project with deferred maintenance money, White said.