Tennis court resurfacing, auxiliary gym floor highlight A-P facility upgrades

The resurfacing of the tennis courts in Aplington is one of the most notable facilities improvements at A-P for the 2019-2020 school year. (Robert Maharry/Eclipse News-Review photos)

Aplington-Parkersburg Athletic Director Jason Berkey and Head Custodian Ron Westerman know the importance of keeping their facilities top notch: it’s great for student-athletes, and it cultivates a reputation for the school district.

This year, two of the most noticeable upgrades can be found at the high school auxiliary gym in Parkersburg—where a new hardwood floor with new lines painted has been installed—and the tennis courts in Aplington, which have received a complete resurfacing.

“Facilities are a big part of my agenda,” Berkey said. “You look at our facilities, and they’re state of the art. This just adds to it… This is only going to enhance this, and it’s going to enhance the community.”

Each project cost slightly around $55,000, and according to Westerman and Berkey, the school board and administration have always recognized the importance of keeping up with maintenance and repairs at all facilities in the district. The auxiliary gym is located directly adjacent to the high school gym and hosts practices, junior varsity games and open gyms for grades 3-12. The tennis courts in Aplington host high school matches for the Falcons, and one court has pickleball lines and handicap accessibility.

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