It's been more than a century since the tennis courts were installed at Sycamore Park. According to the City of Fort Worth, they've "fallen into disrepair and were seldom used."
But they will soon be getting new life, thanks to a partnership between the Fort Worth Vaqueros and the city.
The soccer team and the city will work together to turn Sycamore Park's tennis courts into a youth-sized, synthetic surface soccer field. Tennis nets and posts will be removed and replaced with synthetic turf, new posts, player benches and a scoreboard among other renovations.
The field will be used primarily for the Fort Worth Vaqueros Academy, a free youth soccer program for children ages 7-12. The field will also be available for the public to rent, according to academy director Mark Snell.
The city will fund up to $183,700 for the project, and the Vaqueros will cover any additional costs, according to a news release. The Vaqueros and the city's Park and Recreation Department will share the field's maintenance costs.
According to Snell, the Vaqueros expect the renovation to be complete by the end of November.
Sycamore Park is located at 2525 East Rosedale Street.