Roots Church officials have proposed to turn the tennis courts at Orchard Park in a stage at no cost to the city.

The proposal was discussed and approved at Tuesday’s Park Board meeting. The tennis courts would be transformed into a stage with seating areas, according to Board President Dana Collins-Messex.

Fencing will be installed to separate the area from the basketball court, bleachers will be placed along the fence with an awning, the ground will be resurfaced and the basketball court will also be re-striped, according to the proposal.

“I think it’ll look nice,” Collins-Messex said.

The goal is to have this accomplished in time for the Freedom Festival June 30.

The park board voted 8-0 in favor of the proposal. Member Nicole Wink was absent from the meeting and member Karen McGlenn has resigned from the board.

Pastor Jason Gaszak told The Missourian on Thursday that plans are still in the works. He said more details will be released next week.

“On behalf of the city, we’re excited to see a community organization stepping up and will to help improve our parks,” City Administrator Travis Dierker told The Missourian.

The tennis courts are not used often by the community, according to Dierker. He added that the courts are expensive to maintain and they are currently unusable.

The renovations will bring the park up to date, Dierker said. He said he appreciates Roots Church in helping to update the park.

“It’s going to be a great asset to the city,” he added.