2016-06-22 / Features

New Basketball Courts At Woodside Houses

City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer cutting the ribbon to the new basketball court with (adults, l. to r.); Carolyn Jasper (NYCHA), Justin Foster (Woodside Classics), Annie Cotton-Morris (Woodside Tenants Association President), Deborah Tharrington (Office of Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer), Barshea Brown (Woodside Classics), Tony Venson (Woodside Classics), Geraldine Venson (Woodside Classics), and Marion Smith (Woodside Classics).
 
City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer cutting the ribbon to the new basketball court with (adults, l. to r.); Carolyn Jasper (NYCHA), Justin Foster (Woodside Classics), Annie Cotton-Morris (Woodside Tenants Association President), Deborah Tharrington (Office of Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer), Barshea Brown (Woodside Classics), Tony Venson (Woodside Classics), Geraldine Venson (Woodside Classics), and Marion Smith (Woodside Classics).   City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Annie Cotton-Morris, President of the Woodside Tenant’s Association, and local students cut the ribbon and played an inaugural game on the new $500,000 basketball courts at the Woodside Houses on June 13th.
After years of poor maintenance, the court deteriorated and became uneven, putting young people who used it at risk for injury. An integral outdoor space, the basketball courts at Woodside Houses host the annual Woodside Classics, a youth basketball tournament that draws hundreds of sports fans from around the City to the neighborhood.

“Young people in the Woodside Houses deserve safe, modern outdoor spaces, not dilapidated, City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer shoots hoops on the newly opened basketball court.
 
City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer shoots hoops on the newly opened basketball court.   run-down courts,” said Van Bramer. “I’m proud to have secured $500,000 to turn this court into the beautiful community space it is today, and to cut the ribbon just in time for summer!”

“This court is an example of what strong collaboration can do to make our communities safer, cleaner, and more connected,” said NYCHA General Manager Michael Kelly. “A vibrant public space like this is an invaluable resource for residents – a place where all can compete and play together, encouraging positivity. NYCHA is proud to welcome residents back to the court just in time for summer.”

These new courts are just one of many projects undertaken by City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer with young people who use the basketball court.City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer with young people who use the basketball court.Majority Leader Van Bramer to improve conditions, especially outdoor spaces, for NYCHA residents. Other victories have included working with the Administration to secure $87 million in funds for roof replacements at Queensbridge, nearly $6 million to restore the Queensbridge Seawall and park house, and $4 million for new lights at Ravenswood.


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