"Har-Tru is excited to support Minneapolis Community Clay Courts make public clay courts accessible to everyone.  An organized community can do a great job maintaining clay courts as has been done at Dewey Park in Omaha, Nebraska since 2002."

Pat Hanssen, President of Har-Tru, LLC, Charlottesville, VA

"As the Director of Tennis at Interlachen Country Club, I oversee the maintenance of five clay tennis courts. I am confident that Minneapolis Community Clay Courts will be able to do a first rate job maintaining public clay courts with a group of dedicated volunteers."

Steve Paulsen, Director of Racquet Sports, Interlachen Country Club, Edina, MN

Maintenance Tasks

This is the list of maintenance tasks and the time estimates sent to us by Omaha Clay Courts Association, which has been doing this for close to 20 years.

1.  Opening Courts (4 courts)

10-20 people (3-4 hours)
  • Lute off dead clay
  • Put up windscreens
12 people (3-4 hours)
  • Loading new clay into wheelbarrows and delivering it to spreaders
  • One person spreads, two people sweep the surface to get it level
16 people (4 hours?) 
  • String the mason line
  • Nail in the lines every 2 feet.
  • Roll the courts
  • Put up the nets.
Roll twice a day for a week to get a consistent bounce.

2. Closing Courts

 20 people (6 hours)
  • Take down the windscreens
  • Pull up the lines, remove the nails, and roll them up.
  • Drain and blow out water lines
  • Dismantle float valves and store them
  • Set the overflow drain pipes down to drain water off of courts

3.  Daily Maintenance

 (15-20 minutes a week)
  • Sweep and “do the lines” after play.
  • Change water in the Tennie-two-step
  • Empty recycling
  • Spraying the court edges for algae control
  • Blowing leaves and grass cuttings off the court
  • Filling in low spots after heavy rains
Line Sweeping
Sweeping the Courts