Basketball courts

City unveils 3-on-3 basketball courts as latest Heritage Park feature

The Trailblazers Basketball Club is delighted to have access to the hoops for the first time since the start of the pandemic closures

Collingwood has a new pair of basketball nets and half courts.

City officials and supporters unveiled two newly installed three-on-three basketball courts at Heritage Park.

Courts have been scheduled at the site for about three years as part of several changes the city has made to the park.

Jennifer Parker, Community Wellness and Inclusion Coordinator for the Town of Collingwood, said she saw the challenges many recreational and competitive sports faced during the pandemic, and noted the difficulty many teams face. sports to find a space to practice and play.

She is happy to see the courts’ longstanding plans come to fruition and hopes they will support and encourage more recreation in the park.

Kim Bollozos, secretary of the Collingwood Trailblazers Basketball Club, said three-on-three basketball is making inroads in the sport.

Parker said the city hopes to work with the basketball club to host a three-on-three tournament in the spring.

More importantly, Bollozos said, the new outdoor courts provide access to hoops, which many basketball players went without during the pandemic.

Trailblazers typically train in school gyms, but no school has allowed teams to use their gym space during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a typical year, the Trailblazers Club is made up of 10 to 15 teams, plus development teams for young players. The club is aimed at school-aged children (5-18 years) and is run 100% by volunteers.

Collingwood City Councilor Bob Madigan and Councilor Steve Berman attended the unveiling to represent City Council.

“This is really the important thing in our community… it’s for the kids,” Madigan said.

According to Parks Manager Wendy Martin, the latest planned upgrade for Heritage Park is the replacement of the fence around the original ball field at the corner of Second and Spruce streets.

Over the past five to seven years, the city has added a skateboard park, dog park, junior ball court, community garden, and three-on-three basketball courts to the property. Heritage Park. The site also includes the Centennial Aquatic Center and the Collingwood Fire Hall.

Alongside the new courts, the community gardens continue to produce after a successful second season of fruit and vegetable production.

This year, Heritage Park and Sunset Point gardens produced over 3,000 servings of vegetables throughout the growing season, and these were donated to families, individuals and organizations in Collingwood.

The gardens were planted in 2020 when part of the paved space was removed with the help of the Environment Network. The maintenance and harvesting of the gardens is supported by the Simcoe County Community Action Plan for Children and the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program.

The gardens and grounds were funded by community grants and donations from local businesses including: Green Communities Canada, the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and the Frank Cowan Company’s Hometown program.

Local nurseries, Free Spirit Gardens, Pollinate Collingwood and the Collingwood Garden Club and Horticultural Society shared their knowledge, expertise and resources.

CCI students helped build the planters and local businesses, including the Georgian Bay Group’s real estate team, helped purchase the infrastructure.

A portion of the costs for the basketball courts came from the city’s parks budget.