Portland Parks & Recreation, the Portland Trail Blazers and Nike are proud to announce the revitalization of the McCoy Park basketball court in North Portland. This public/private partnership was originally conceived by the late former Parks Commissioner Nick Fish.
The partners came together for a celebration last Sunday (August 28, 2022) to celebrate the renewed basketball court and the return of the school year. The recently completed effort is part of the larger Portland basketball court revitalization project between the organizations and Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R). The effort has and continues to refresh and improve many courts throughout the Portland area. The project supports various PP&R programs in Portland, including the office’s Goldenball Youth Basketball, which celebrates its 85th season in 2022.
“Portland is at its best when we bring public and private groups together,” says Carmen Rubio, Portland Parks Commissioner. “Prosperous spaces like these courts make our neighborhoods stronger and safer. Thanks to the Portland Trail Blazers and Nike for your help with this crucial work.
The collaboration between the partners continues, with work on the revitalization of North Portland’s Dawson Park outdoor basketball court beginning this week and expected to be complete by the end of September. Details are available at portland.gov/parks/dawson-park. Basketball courts that have been updated so far include Parklane, Argay, Trenton, McKenna, Harney, King School Park, and Raymond Park. The Trail Blazers, Nike and PP&R are also exploring the possibility of revamping other courts.
Nike and the Trail Blazers joined neighbors and representatives from Portland Parks & Recreation for a joyful back-to-school celebration at the park, including games at McCoy Park Court as well as a basketball skills challenge- ball led by Trail Blazers staff. The party, full of smiles and laughs, also included music, games, giveaways and special visits from Trail Blazers players Anfernee Simons, Gary Payton II, Keon Johnson, Shaedon Sharpe and Jabari Walker – as well as Blaze the Trail Cat.
“We are proud to partner with our friends at Nike and Portland Parks & Recreation to help revitalize many courts across Portland and excited to celebrate the program this past weekend with the McCoy Park community,” said Ashley. Clinkscale, EVP & Chief Communications & Impact Officer, Portland Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter. “These courts give children and families the opportunity to live, learn and play in their own neighborhood. We have focused our resources in the disadvantaged communities that need us most, knowing that we can impact many lives and communities.
“Celebrating the newly revitalized basketball court at McCoy Park on Sunday was pure joy,” said Caitlin Morris, vice president of social and community impact for Nike. “The smiles of children on the field reflect our belief that all children are meant to play – and our communities are better off when they do. Together with our longtime partners Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Trail Blazers , we are excited to continue our legacy of expanding access to the sport for the next generation through Portland’s vibrant outdoor basketball courts and spreading even more love for the game.”
The Portland basketball court revitalization project is being funded with $750,000 from Nike and $300,000 from the Portland Trail Blazers. It is also a continuation of Nike’s 2002 commitment to the Portland Parks Foundation to resurface outdoor basketball courts.
“Beautiful grounds like McCoy Park make basketball accessible to so many parts of Portland,” says PP&R Director Adena Long. “This partnership benefits players of all ages and abilities, and we are proud to move forward with our next project – at Dawson Park – together.
Source: Portland Parks and Recreation