Windham basketball players who used to wait until school facilities are available before they can play now have two newly created courts at the Community Park on Gray Road.
The new grounds create “the best buzz around town since firefighters escorted Santa Claus through the Windham neighborhoods,” said Pat Moody, former chairman of the town’s recreation committee and former chairman of Windham Youth Basketball.
“People love it,” he said, adding that more than 30 people showed up for the official unveiling last week and the games are played from “sunrise to sunset”.
The hoops are “premium,” the courts are made of a flexible rubber compound as opposed to concrete, and the surface has a vibrant color that no one can miss, Moody said. The courtyard lighting is on.
With over 500 participants in the city’s youth basketball program and an indoor adult league that has been in existence for over 40 years, the fields will serve Windham well and hopefully “develop a love of the game.” , did he declare.
“This is a first class addition to the Windham community,” said basketball player Luke Chouinard, who helped break through the courts last week. “The faces of the players I saw running on the pitch with me were all smiles from ear to ear. This is exactly the movement that was needed after COVID. “
Windham players were also using outdoor courts at Gorham and Gray, Moody said, and he hopes the town will return the favor by inviting basketball clubs from neighboring towns to the park and possibly forming a regional league of youth. He would like the sponsors to build a few benches and a kiosk-like enclosure to shade the hoops during breaks.
Moody said he also spoke with high school basketball coaches about hosting a launch event at the new court.
The grounds are part of the $ 154,225 second phase of the community park project, which also includes volleyball courts and stormwater infrastructure. Newly installed volleyball nets for the sand courts are expected to arrive in the next few weeks, Parks and Recreation Director Linda Brooks said. Pickleball court lines have also been painted on the new basketball courts.
Renovations to the park, next to the public security building at 375 Gray Road, have been underway since 2016, when a wooden skatepark that has been in use for over 20 years has reached the end of its lifespan, Brooks said. The original plan focused on rebuilding a concrete skatepark, which was completed in the fall of 2019, but was expanded to incorporate a number of other uses. The project is funded by designated impact royalties.
The next phase will include a playground and a walking trail, Brooks said. “The more items, the more users.”
She called the basketball courts “one of the most exciting parts” of the whole project.
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