Help Roosevelt Park win a new basketball court
Richfield basketball players of all ages are big fans of the basketball court at Roosevelt Park, but the court’s heavy usage over the years has led to it needing a substantial facelift. Enter the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Our Courts. Our Future. program.
The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Our Courts. Our Future. program is a community basketball court refurbishment project. This summer, the program will see four outdoor basketball courts overhauled. The competition is broken down into four Minnesota regions: North, South, Central and Twin Cities.
“The Our Courts. Our Future. program is a great opportunity for the Richfield community to come together and partner with the Timberwolves on a new beautiful basketball court that everyone in the city can be proud of,” remarked Recreation Services Director Amy Markle. “We need Richfield residents to vote, vote, vote, to make sure that we win a new basketball court for Roosevelt Park.”
Richfield residents, their friends, family or anyone else they can convince, can vote once a day on the Timberwolves’ website through Friday, May 24 at 11:59 p.m.
In the competition, Roosevelt Park is in the Twin Cities region. The park is pitted against the Battle Creek Rec Center in St. Paul and Madsen Park located in Fridley.
The Roosevelt Park basketball court is a deserving candidate for the Our Courts. Our Future. program because it is centrally located, just 1.5 blocks off of Portland Avenue and Interstate 494, close to the Mall of America and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
The court is one of five full-sized courts on the Richfield’s eastside, and the only court along Portland Avenue, a major transit corridor and future Metro Transit D-Line Bus Rapid Transit route with a stop at the park.
“Other communities, such as Bloomington and Edina, have easy access to Roosevelt Park,” explained Markle. “Whether you want to walk, bike, drive or bus, it only takes a few minutes for residents of all three of these communities to get to Roosevelt Park to play a game of basketball.”
Both Richfield High School and Holy Angels Academy are less than two miles from Roosevelt Park, which have a strong history of successful basketball programs.
Additionally, the sport of basketball is very popular amongst adult and young residents.
“When you drive by Richfield’s outdoor basketball courts in the summer, more often than not, you will see a pick-up game going on,” said Recreation Supervisor Nick Thompson. “We have a couple of basketball hot spots in Richfield, and Roosevelt Park is definitely one of them.”
Remember, residents can vote once per day.
Past winners of the Our Courts. Our Future. program include Bennet Park in Hibbing, Groveland Recreation Center in St. Paul, Pioneer Park in Hastings, and Northway Park in St. Cloud.
“Voting for the Roosevelt basketball court in the Our Courts. Our Future. competition is a simple way that Richfield residents can make a big impact in their community,” implored Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez. “Together we can win a new basketball court for Richfield!”