It's hard not to notice the new tennis court color combinations at McMillan Courts in Delaware Park. The eye-catching deep purple surfaces are striking to say the least. I spoke to Phil More of Courts and More who was awarded the contract to resurface the courts, and he told me that these are some of the most beautiful professional courts in all of Greater Buffalo. He also told me that the reason for the unusual purple color was because blues and purples allow the eye to pick up a moving tennis ball better (especially for television broadcasting purposes).
In a stroke of luck, the money raised to resurface the courts came from a series of private donors as well as the Buffalo Niagara Community Tennis Association. In order to conduct a number of the tournaments held at the site, such as the, Annual Buffalo Municipal Tennis Tournament (MUNY), it was imperative that the courts be fixed. Businesses such as Courts and More stepped up to the plate with lower bids in order to make the project possible. Project Manager Russ Reinagel ended up patching 3000 feet of cracks before the resurfacing could even begin. Russ was also the liaison between the donors and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
Now the courts are looking dynamite thanks to the 3-coat standard SportMaster acrylic color system - the official surface of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). Ultimately, the USPTA will also be donating six new nets to the project, which will make McMillan Courts one of the hottest places to play tennis in the area.