Councilman Ruben wills led the charge to cut the ribbon and open the newly updated courts at South Jamaica Houses.
The courts, located just behind the complex at 159th Street and 109th Avenue, has been the site of many a tournament and competition. The courts had suffered wear and tear over the years.
“The courts had a lot of cracks in it,” said Clayton Friday, 18. Clayton was one of many from the neighborhood who came for the opening and a chance to test out the new courts.
Besides smoothing the surface, the upgrade included many additions and court lines and markings. The courts are fully marked for all the important shots including three pointers and foul line boundaries. New back boards, brightly colored bleachers, nets and a center insignia with South Jamaica in the round and NYCHA in the center make up the court updates. Lights surround the perimeter to illuminate night games.
Councilman Jumaane Williams came from his Brooklyn District to put up the first net. He was but one of the many elected officials, candidates and civic leaders who joined the opening ceremonies.
To officially break in the new courts, there was a friendly full court game between South Jamaica Houses and Baisley Park Houses. Councilman Wills played for the home team while Tenant President and activist A.U. Hogan represented his complex.