Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Dedication of community center and NIKE B-ball court

Los Angeles - The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks has dedicated a new community center and outdoor NIKE basketball court at Green Meadows Recreation Center in South Los Angeles.

Features of the 10,584-square-foot facility include a gymnasium with a regulation-size basketball court with bleachers for 80 spectators and two electronic scoreboards. The new multi-use center also has a classroom for youth activities, a courtyard area and outdoor stage, lobby, staff office space, kitchen and restrooms that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The new facility was designed by Koning Eizenberg Architecture of Santa Monica and built by Tobo Construction, Inc. of Los Angeles. The Department of Public Works' Bureau of Engineering managed the project through its Recreation and Cultural Facilities Program. Funding for the $3.8 million improvements came from Propositions K and 12.

NIKE donated $70,000 for a new outdoor basketball court that was built by Atlas Construction Company and which boasts a 3/8-inch synthetic surface and includes four new backboards with rims. The NIKE court is the first one in the Department with a synthetic surface.

For many years, NIKE has had a partnership with FieldTurf, a leading producer of synthetic turf, to create some of the finest athletic surfaces in the world. FieldTurf's high-performance synthetic turf features NIKE Grind material recycled from footwear manufacturing to help athletes and active kids play their best game possible.

Green Meadows Recreation Center is located at 431 E. 89th Street in South Los Angeles.

Jane Kolb: (213)928-9294, or cell, (323)816-6712
Harvey Drut: (213)928-9296, or cell, (323)816-6711