Groundbreaking Ceremony Puts New Basketball Courts Project in Motion

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Councilmember Robert Garcia and Community Youth at Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Wednesday July, 6, 2011, Councilmember Robert Garcia and the Parks & Recreation Department hosted a groundbreaking ceremony with community youth for the new full-sized basketball courts park at 14th and Locust.

The new urban courts, featuring a new full size and 3 half size courts, will be located on a city parcel of land, just East of the Mike Green Skatepark that opened a year ago. The new urban courts have been designed with bleachers for spectators and all new fencing. The courts will greatly enhance the community that has traditionally lacked open space.

The courts are being funded by Los Angeles County, thanks to the help of 4th District County Supervisor Don Knabe. The basketball courts received $140,000 from Supervisor Knabe’s Proposition A discretionary funding.

“These new courts will provide a great opportunity for local youth to participate in a healthy and safe activity,” said Garcia. “Along with the new skatepark, and the adjacent Seaside Park, we are building a great new center for recreation in the Washington Neighborhood.”

“I’m looking forward to playing a few pick-up games with some of the local kids once the courts open later this year,” said Garcia.

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