On Thursday September 6, 2012 residents from Markham / Eglinton celebrated the re-opening of their renewed basketball court with Toronto Community Housing President and CEO Gene Jones, neighbours, local agencies and TCH staff. A friendly pick-up game and ribbon-cutting topped off the celebration.
The basketball court is located in a courtyard between 3171 and 3181 Eglinton Avenue East. Renovations to the court were made possible by the work of Rolly Goldring from the Scarborough Village Neighbourhood Association and staff from Toronto Community Housing and Action for Neighbourhood Change. They worked together to submit an application to the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) Team Up Foundation.
"I live near this community and I noticed that the old court was dilapidated and unused," said Goldring. "Having played basketball for most of my life, I thought it would be great to get this court into useable condition for kids. It's in a beautiful courtyard and I know it will help keep kids active."
With more than 500 applications for grants, in 2012 MLSE Team Up Foundation chose three communities to receive upgrades to their courts in 2012. With financial support from partners and donors, the MLSE Team Up Foundation paved the court, painted court lines, and updated backboards, rims and nets.
"I know how important it is to have sports facilities where you live," Jones told residents. "This court is for you. It is a place where you come together, build friendships and be active. I hope that all of you, young and young at heart, will work together to see that this court stays well maintained and used."
Jones also promised to build a smaller court for younger children in an unused section of the courtyard so kids of all ages can hone their basketball skills.