Group seeks improvements to popular basketball court

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A group of basketball enthusiasts in Tottenham are hoping to make improvements to a popular local basketball court.

Pierce Park located at the end of Pierce Place, has an outdoor court with two nets and a slip resistant surface and has become a popular place for pickup basketball.

Local resident Martin Stefanczyk made a deposition to Town Council on March 29, outlining proposed improvements to the park.

Mr. Stefanczyk said he represents a group of dads and players who range in age from ten to 50, who routinely play the sport at the park.

Referring to a post-COVID situation where group sports will again be common, he said the group wants to “be positive and set a goal for our mental health and well-being and give the kids in the neighbourhood something to look forward to.”

Mr. Stefanczyk proposed an upgrade to the facility which would include improvements in phases.

This would include upgrading the nets, a mini-court for younger players, lighting, and leveling of the court with new flooring.

The first phase would be an easy fix. Currently, Mr. Stefanczyk said, the nets are at 9'10” and 9'” inches. Regulation height for a basketball net is ten feet.

A petition has been started in support of the basketball court upgrades along with fundraising pledges of over $1000. In addition, the group has applied to C.R.I.C for consideration for funding, and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing through COVID-19 relief funding. A Go Fund Me page has already been set up but not yet activated.

There is also a consideration for sponsorship and naming rights for the park.

Mr. Stefanczyk made a request to meet with Town staff to explored the possibilities of expanding and improving the park.

A spokesperson for the Town said there will be a Parks Master Plan taking place in 2021 that will take a look at the type of amenities and level of service in community parks.

Pierce Park is in a new section of a Tottenham subdivision – the park was completed in 2019.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times