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Renovation begins at Baisley Houses basketball courts

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The Basketball Courts at Baisley Houses are getting an upgrade! The office of Councilman Ruben Wills along with NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) announced the upgrade on the current site of the courts. The courts have been demolished in preparation for the remodeling.

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The Councilman’s office cites the 1970s as the last time the courts were renovated. But it was A.U. Hogan, President Baisley Tenant Association and part of the rebuilding effort, who said the courts had not been touched since 1961. He called the restoration effort “a hard thing coming”.

The entire project is due for completion by the end of July. The adjacent playground will also be part of the program. This fits well into the summer season as Baisley Houses annual Family Day event, typically held in that space, is scheduled for August 2nd.

Last summer, Councilman Wills unveiled the new basketball courts at South Jamaica Houses. Immediately following was a friendly game between South Jamaica and Baisley to break in the courts. The Councilman and A.U. Hogan participated in the game. A.U. Hogan is looking forward to the rematch in which he will have the home court advantage.

One item that will not be part of the upgrade is the two stair steps on the sidelines of center court. People who come out to watch the games still use those steps. They are also reminiscent of past court games like stoop ball and a reminder of the rich history of past players, some who now play in the NBA, that have dribbled on the court.

The project is valued at $400,000. Assemblywoman Vivian Cook was on hand for the groundbreaking. As a key figure in helping the project come about, she hopes “they will let me play,” she said. (Here’s hoping she plays for the other team!)

The playground and courts are located on Foch Boulevard just shy of Guy R. Brewer Boulevard.

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