Tennis courts to reopen with cover repaired

March 12, 2003

The five courts at the Owen Brown Tennis Club, where the bubble cover collapsed during last month's storm, are scheduled to reopen Monday, the Columbia Association announced yesterday.

Last week, association employees and the bubble's manufacturer, Soper's Engineered Fabric Solutions in Ontario, Canada, began repairing the rips in the canvaslike structure.

The bubble slowly deflated Feb. 16 after snow piled into a pocket of the structure and association workers were unable to remove it.

The bubble, which was erected in 1998, cost $640,000. After the Columbia Association paid a deductible of $5,000, the insurance company covered the costs of repairing the structure.

Reservations are being accepted for next week. Call the club's tennis center at 410-720-0149 through Sunday and after that, the Owen Brown Tennis Club at 410-381-7255.

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