Basketball courts

Lakeside basketball court proposal beats the buzzer, scores with city council


The city approved a proposal from the Nelson Hoops Association to build a regulation-sized basketball court in Lakeside Park, more than 10 years after a similar proposal by two enterprising young men was rejected by the council of the day.

In addition, the City has approved an in-kind contribution of up to $ 7,500 to cover the time and material of municipal staff for work associated with the project.

The contribution of time and money is well spent, said Coun. Rik Logtenberg.

“It’s a small amount compared to the great asset we bring to the community,” he said.

Councilor Keith Page agrees. He appreciated the way the Hoops Association pooled and gathered the resources to present the proposal to the board, making it a catastrophic decision for elected officials.

“This is exactly how we want to see our community come forward as a group, with an idea of ​​funding and taking an asset that we currently have and improving it and moving it to a more professional position,” did he declare.

Com. Cal Renwick noted how the Hoops Association relied on Jim Sevigny of Nelson Minor Baseball – who completed a complete renovation of Queen Elizabeth Park last year – for advice on putting the pieces together for the project.

“It’s nice to see these groups working together and helping each other,” he said.

And the completed project will be another low barrier piece to add to the city’s recreational puzzle, Coun said. Jesse Woodward, with minimal equipment needed to go out and play.

“This stuff is really great for getting people out,” he said.

Council also asked city staff to engage the Nelson Italian Canadian Society (NICS) to explore options for relocating the pétanque grounds to Lakeside Park.

Court of dreams

The Nelson Hoops Association presented the proposal to redevelop the Lakeside Park outdoor basketball court to council in late July to build on the pétanque site – currently occupied by the Nelson Italian-Canadian Society – with the idea of ​​building three lots on the site, one of which is full size.

Jeremy Phelan, president of the Nelson Hoops Association (NHA), said there is currently a partial court on the Lakeside tennis court – as well as a larger facility at Trafalgar Middle School – but the rest of the outdoor courts of the city were too small. and were not level.

This made them unsuitable for decent games, Phelan told the board, and the NHA has not been able to host outdoor senior men’s league games or tournaments.

Lakeside’s $ 175,000 proposal – using a combination of grants, fundraising and in-kind donations – would provide the venue that the NHA, which has been operating since 2013, was looking for, Phelan said.

“We are looking to provide facilities that are accessible to everyone,” he said, adding that Lakeside would allow them to redevelop something that is close to regulation in a central location. “It’s something for kids who, as they get older, will have something better to play with.”

The court proposal – north of the tennis courts – would include a fenced area with lights, four to six rims (more access to the courts) and a full regulation court for games and tournaments.

The lakeside court is currently on the tennis courts as a shared space.

“There are always people playing there, so there is a need to have more space on the pitch,” said Phelan, adding that a campaign to gauge interest in the project has garnered more. 1,200 signatures.

In return for the lakeside space, the NHA would provide the Italian-Canadian Society with in-kind support and a place to relocate.

By the numbers

The total estimated cost of the project was $ 174,313.

However, the Hoops Association managed to secure most of the required funding and only needed the city’s land contribution and assurance that the electrical load was sufficient to handle the lighting needs.

Nelson Hydro offered two viable options for powering the lights of the proposed basketball courts. The first option – the one recommended by the municipal utility – could cost up to $ 5,000, not including staff resources, but leaves room to increase the electrical load for additional uses unrelated to the land. basket (like food trucks).