Right now, the scene around the tennis courts looks like something out of the Lorax.
Tree stumps, jagged and uneven, stick out on a muddy, barren landscape. But the unappealing sight is temporary. It marks the start of a $3 million package of improvements for Milford athletics.
To save money, town officials decided to go ahead and clear trees from the site, before awarding a contract for the full project, said Selectman Brian Murray, who is chairman of the Community Fields Committee. He estimated the move to separate tree removal from the general contract saved $20,000.
Town voters approved $3 million at Annual Town Meeting last October for the Bids are being accepted now for the work, Murray said, and are expected to be opened June 7. Construction will begin soon after.
drainage systems, outdoor lighting, tennis courts and parking area. It will replace the nearly 40-year-old athletic facilities, which are in disrepair.