Tennis anyone? Not without $100, insurance

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — Tennis anyone? Well not unless you have money and insurance. Otherwise the courts at Norwich Technical High School remain under lock and key.

“To look at those standing locked up it’s a bit frustrating and doesn’t seem right,” said Gary Marcus of Norwich.

Marcus would like to use the courts but so far it’s love-40. He hasn’t been able to as much as volley with his tennis partners on these pristine courts paid for by the state.

“At least make it reasonably accessible to the residents who pay their state taxes and should have more readily accessible areas to use, especially when they’re being under-used,” Marcus said. “It doesn’t make sense.”

News 8 checked with the technical high school and learned the courts are available to the public but you have to pay a fee of $100 an hour and carry liability insurance in case someone is hurt while using them.  Most groups or schools like NFA which uses the court for its tennis team have their own insurance. But not so much regular residents.

“A hundred dollars an hour? That’s, to put it blankly, ridiculous,” Marcus said.

Marcus says he’s willing to pay but hopes a more affordable compromise can be reached. We called the state and asked about establishing some type of seasonal pass or membership, or just something that’s more affordable for the average person.

We’ll let Marcus and his tennis partners know if the state serves up any alternative.

“That will be great and then when you’re ready we’ll go out and we’ll hit,” he said.

Folks here at the school say when the school was originally opened just a few years ago, these courts were open and free to the public but damage was done, ruining it for the rest of the public.

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