SEPTEMBER 19, 2023

Alexandra Park Community Celebrates the Unveiling of Refinished Basketball Court Alongside John Tavares and Pascal Siakam

In a remarkable demonstration of unity and community empowerment, Alexandra Park residents and sports enthusiasts celebrated the grand reopening of a refinished basketball court, made possible through a joint initiative by Their Opportunity, the John Tavares Foundation, the PS43 Foundation, Tridel, Toronto Community Housing (TCHC), and the Alexandra Park Community Centre (APCC).

The official unveiling of the revamped basketball court took place today at the heart of the Alexandra Park community, marking a significant step towards enhancing sports facilities and community engagement in this vibrant downtown Toronto neighbourhood. Youth enrolled in programs at the community centre participated in activities run by Their Opportunity, practicing their skills alongside John Tavares and Pascal Siakam.

Speakers in attendance included Ausma Malik, Deputy Mayor for the City of Toronto; Randy Gill, President of Their Opportunity; John Tavares, Captain and Centre for the Toronto Maple Leafs; Pascal Siakam, Forward for the Toronto Raptors; Jim Ritchie, President of Tridel; and Tom Hunter, Interim President and CEO of TCHC.

The project was initiated in response to the needs expressed by community members during a Community Revitalization Working Group meeting, comprised of members of the Atkinson Housing Co-operative, TCHC residents, and Tridel and TCHC employees. Recognizing the opportunity to make a more meaningful impact, Tridel stepped forward to fully restore the basketball court, with additional support from their network of trades and suppliers and contributions from like-minded organizations. Key enhancements that transformed the court include a professionally resurfaced playing surface and brand-new basketball poles and hoops. The renovation not only addresses the community's need for improved sports facilities but also fosters a sense of unity and empowerment among residents.

With the successful completion of Court 1, attention has now turned to fundraising efforts for Court 2. The team has successfully raised 50 percent of its funding goal so far. Court 2 is envisioned as a multi-use, multi-sport area designed to support youth skill development and accommodate players of all ages and skill levels. Renovations will also feature a curated art mural by artist Jessey (Phade) Pacho, with active community participation in its creation.

The Alexandra Park community is currently undergoing revitalization efforts by TCHC in partnership with Tridel. This extensive project encompasses rebuilding aging buildings, creating new market condominiums, and reimagining community amenities such as parks, childcare centres and more. The goal is to provide improved homes for residents while promoting active community engagement and economic development opportunities.

The collaborative effort to renovate the basketball court at Alexandra Park is a testament to the power of partnership and community-driven initiatives. It is an inspiring example of how sports can unite and empower a neighbourhood, fostering a sense of pride and camaraderie among its residents.

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