FARMINGTON – The Planning Board has approved a plan for four tennis courts behind Mt. Blue High School and Foster Regional Applied Technology Center.

Volunteers are expected to start fundraising this fall for the project estimated to cost $250,000, which includes money and in-kind work. Forestry students would do some clearing for the project, David Leavitt, SAD 9 director of support services, said Friday.

The courts would be built behind the back end of the tech center near the soccer field, he said.

During construction a drain system would also be installed to drain water away from the courts and soccer field.

Once the courts are built, they would be used by the girls’ and boys’ tennis teams at the high school and the public.

There is at least one pro-tennis coach as well as members of the New England Tennis Association involved in the project, he said.

The school teams – 24 girls and 12 boys last season – are either bused to Hippach Field in Farmington or Kineowatha Park in Wilton for practice, Leavitt said.

“Hopefully with the courts right there, it will grow,” Leavitt said of the sport.

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