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Press Contact: Matthai Chakko, (510) 981-7008

Ribbon-cutting on Saturday Dec.2 at 11:30am

Berkeley, California (Friday, December 01, 2017) - Come use the tennis and basketball courts at Grove Park, where a complete renovation has created a centerpiece for the neighborhood and destination for our entire community.

The three re-vamped tennis and two basketball courts, which open Saturday Dec. 2, gives players surfaces that are more fun to play on while also being more durable. New lighting creates a more full, better environment for nighttime games and matches.

A key feature of the renovations was to remove barriers and increase access for all people - regardless of ability. The improvements to accessibility include a completely renovated restroom as well as changes to the bleachers, doors and gates.

The new courts will be celebrated by a game by the Longfellow Middle School Girls basketball team and a match by the Berkeley National Junior Tennis League, which is a City-sponsored after school program. Join us for the festivities:  

Grove Park Tennis and Basketball Courts Re-Opening
Saturday, December 2, 2017Grove Park Triple Pic
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
1730 Oregon Street at ML King Jr. Way.
11:30am Ribbon Cutting, followed by light refreshments and music.
Inaugural matches to follow.

The contrast with pre-existing conditions is stark: tennis courts were cracked and lifted beyond repair. Tree roots had degraded the basketball courts.  The electrical system and metal-halide light fixtures were inefficient and outdated.  Fencing was damaged.  Restrooms were dark and not up to current building codes. 

The results:  

  • On the three new tennis courts, new nets and standards to hold them. 
  • The two, new basketball courts and the half-court with an 8-foot hoop have new hoops, backboards and poles. GP BB
  • New textured, pigmented acrylic surfaces for all courts play better.
  • A new lighting system that's better for nighttime playing.
  • LED sports lighting.
  • New fencing and gates will make it easier for the disabled and the elderly to access all the courts as well as the bleachers and bathrooms. 

The project at Grove Park is the thirteenth parks project completed in the last 14 months, including a substantially renovated Terrace View Park, a new tot lot at Willard Park, a reconfigured and upgraded skate park and a renovated James Kenney Community Center.

Come out to Grove Park on Saturday and in the years to come and enjoy one of the many treasures in Berkeley's 52 parks.


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