PORTSMOUTH – Work began two weeks ago to resurface the South Mill Pond tennis and basketball courts, according to Deputy City Manager Nancy Colbert Puff.

The work on the $850,000 project is being done by Vermont Recreational & Fencing, according to Colbert Puff.

Department of Public Works Director Peter Rice said previously that only minor updates have been done to the courts over the past several decades.

Work on the project also includes making improvements to the drainage for the courts and improvements to lights at the South Mill Pond facility, Colbert Puff said. The lighting improvements will include work on the lights for the courts and also those for pedestrians, she said.

The projected is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 15, she said, but final work might not be completed until the spring, Colbert Puff said.

“You actually need it to be 50 degrees to be able to install the new surfaces,” Colbert Puff said. “So they may have to finish in the spring.”

Rice said previously that city officials are “pleased to be moving forward with these improvements, and look forward to seeing residents use these improved public spaces.”