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The Lincoln Park Basketball Courts officially reopened Tuesday, October 9 with a celebration of a new surface and vibrant design, inviting play and enhancing one of the City’s busiest east/west corridors.
The project is a collaboration among the City of New Rochelle Parks and Recreation Department, the New Rochelle Basketball Association, and Project Backboard and was funded through the City’s Capital Improvements Project budget along with a generous grant from the National Basketball Players Association Foundation. Westchester-based Oval Tennis refurbished and striped the court and artist Scott Albrecht created the design.
“The infusion of art into our storied basketball courts at Lincoln Park is part of a broader initiative to revitalize the Lincoln Avenue Corridor,” said District 3 Council Member Jared Rice. ”I am grateful for the contributing partners who came together to bring Project Backboard to New Rochelle.”
“We are extremely pleased with this very successful park initiative, supported by our wonderful project partners and trust the community will enjoy playing on these courts for years to come,” said Parks and Recreation Commissioner Bill Zimmermann. \
“The NRBA is so pleased to have brought Project Backboard and the City together to make this amazing court happen,” said New Rochelle Basketball Association co-founder Andrew Peterson. “The spectacular result is something that the community – and especially youth eager for positive outlets – can feel great about.” For a limited time, commemorative t-shirts, socks and posters are available through the New Rochelle Basketball Association.
Dan Peterson, founder of Project Backboard, noted, “Project Backboard is thrilled to have been a part of the Lincoln Park improvements and Lincoln Avenue corridor development with great partners, artist Scott Albrecht, the City of New Rochelle, the National Basketball Players Association, the New Rochelle Basketball Association, Oval Tennis and everyone who helped make this project a reality. It was exciting to work on a court I grew up playing on and I am looking forward to seeing the community use the beautiful new court for years to come!”
David Lafleur, Chief Administrative Officer of the National Basketball Players Association Foundation shared his enthusiasm. “Congratulations on completing the park renovation! The basketball courts look fantastic.”
This is the second major rehabilitation initiative for Lincoln Park. In June of this year, the playground was reopened after a capital improvement project totaling nearly $800K facilitated new playground equipment, safety surfacing and landscaping. Future master plan project phases include a multi-purpose athletic field upgrade, and a parking lot reconfiguration plan.
In late September, the City received a New York State $10 million Downtown Rehabilitation Grant that will further invigorate the Lincoln Avenue area.