Mansion League games moving

The Mansion Park Summer Basketball League’s 50th and final season at Mansion Park will wind up at the Pleasant Valley Elementary School’s outdoor courts.

Renovation to the Mansion Park tennis courts is expected to begin this morning, and part of that renovation includes tearing down the current basketball courts.

Trees around the courts were removed last week in preparation.

Skip Dry, longtime director of the Mansion basketball league, was hopeful his league would be able to complete its playoffs before the Aug. 1 construction date, but the rash of recent rain has disrupted those plans.

“The Altoona Area School District has been really cooperative,” he said. “They waited as long as possible, but they have to get started.”

Because the league will now only be able to use Pleasant Valley’s two courts — as opposed to four courts, including Mansion’s two — the playoffs will take longer to finish.

The first round was rained out Tuesday night, the second consecutive soggy night that necessitated postponements followed by three nights of rainouts last week.

“I’ve spent a lot of time watching the weather,” Dry said.

Nonetheless, “We’re actually still a couple weeks ahead of when we usually have the finals,” he said.

If the weather breaks, Dry is anticipating the finals of the five divisions taking place late next week or the week of Aug. 13.

The Mansion League is seeking a new home for 2019 and has been meeting with officials at Lakemont Park, where the construction of four courts is under consideration, Central Blair Recreation Commission director Mike Hofer told the Mirror in June.