Dozens of people turned out Saturday (1 May) evening for the grand opening of the new and improved basketball court off Hawkins Drive, Windsor Park.
The court was recreated in hopes of retracting at-risk-youth from becoming delinquents in the Windsor Park area.
National under-18 basketball coach, Cory McGee was the main man behind the project, setting out to encourage teenage boys through revamping their community court with the goal of providing a safe place.
“Thank God for life and the opportunity to wake up, inspire and empower,” McGee said.
A mural painting on the court, designed by artist Orville Richardson was the main message behind McGee’s initiative.
The painting took 10 days to complete and represents diversifying “your culture and thinking” according to McGee, who went on to thank all who made the project possible.
“[I would like to thank] AL Thompsons, Sherwin Williams for the paint, Cayman Coating, Uncle Bills, beat officer Tamara Jackson, Ms. Romellia [Welcome], the parents in the community for their patience and understanding.” He added, “Lastly, I would like to thank Orville Richardson for fellowship and trust.”
The Public Works Department and the Department of Sports both dialled in, making several upgrades to the court and its surroundings.
Public Works workers, increased the height of the fence on one side of the court by 4 feet, making it 12 feet tall. They will also level the court perimeter to prevent injuries, acting park manager Crosby Solomon told the Compass Compass. The Department of Sports replaced the backboards and nets.