FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Fort Financial Credit Union has partnered with Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation to resurface and improve two basketball courts in Ivan Lebamoff Reservoir Park, featuring a vibrant mural installed by local artist Andre Portee.
The $30,000 project also includes new panels, painted rims and new benches. It is funded by Fort Financial Credit Union with resurfacing and new striping by Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation.
“We appreciate the collaboration with Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants to complete this project and are grateful to Andre Portee for his vision and work on the mural,” said Steve Collins, President and CEO of Fort Financial Credit Union.
“The design is a fitting tribute to the neighborhood and the memories created at Reservoir Park. The hill is an iconic piece of the Fort Wayne landscape. He continues, “As we approached our 75th anniversary, we wanted to mark the occasion by giving back to the community in a meaningful way.The renovation of the grounds symbolizes our unwavering commitment to serve Fort Wayne and the surrounding area then, now and in the future.
The improvements to the pitch were revealed at a press conference on Thursday afternoon July 14. Both courts are open and accessible to the public.
“The mix of art and sport elevates the park and surrounding neighborhood and welcomes those who play on the grounds,” said Steve McDaniel, director of Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation. “We are grateful for Fort Financial Credit Union’s commitment to making this vision possible. We also appreciate the support of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants who have been an integral part of this collaborative effort.
By getting involved in this transformation, Fort Wayne Mad Ants Director of Business Operations, Allie Lane, “hopes to let local players know that we are here for our community. Part of our mission states, “We want to put a winning team on the field and in the community. Being part of the Reservoir Park Court Mural project is another way we continue to enrich the lives of our city residents and continue the growth of basketball in Northeast Indiana. She adds, “The mural design is a great reflection of Reservoir Park and the city as we continue to climb ‘the hill’ to become one of the best cities in the country to live, work and play.
Andre Portee originally created three wall designs that Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation presented to the neighborhood basketball committee and the kids at Cooper Youth Center. The design of “The Hill” received the most votes and endorsements from Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Fort Financial Credit Union, and the Fort Wayne Department of Parks.
“It’s an exciting time for this historic park in the heart of the city,” said Patricia Turner, president of the La Rez neighborhood association. “The courtyard murals are a great start and I look forward to the redevelopment of the park as one more step in the revitalization of downtown Fort Wayne.”
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