Pistons Complete Refurbishment Of 17 Community Basketball Courts At Parks Across Detroit

"It’s truly about bringing life to every neighborhood in the city of Detroit."

WWJ News
October 17, 2019 - 5:59 pm

Photo: Stephanie Davis / WWJ


DETROIT (WWJ) -- A new basketball court at Detroit's Palmer Park is now open for public use.

The Detroit Pistons on Thursday cut the ribbon on the new court, one of 17 newly refurbished courts in neighborhoods across the city. The courts represent phase two of a community benefits plan between the Pistons and the city, created when the team moved downtown to Little Caesars Arena, to bring 60 new basketball courts to the city.

Officials say by the end of 2019, they expect 23 courts at 14 public parks to have been refurbished and the remaining 37 courts will be completed by 2023.

"We’re hoping to do 60 courts in the next few years. It was part of our deal when we moved downtown with Mayor Duggan and it’s truly about bringing life to every neighborhood in the city of Detroit," Pistons Vice Chairman Arn Tellem said.

The newest court at Palmer Park -- along Woodward Avenue between 6 Mile and 7 Mile Roads -- features a mural including the Pistons' logo and artwork done by a local artist.

"Our move downtown has been a huge win for our franchise and for the community," Pistons owner Tom Gores said in a press release. "I'm proud of the progress we've made and the way the city continues coming together. At the same time, we are still just getting started. Efforts like the parks program are further extending our reach and will allow us to make an even bigger impact."

Court refurbishments in Phase II included single basketball courts located at Optimist-Stout Park, Dequindre-Grixdale Park, Keller Park, Adam Butzel Park, Palmer Park, Tolan Playfield and Piwok Park. Double basketball court refurbishments were made at Van Antwerp Park and O’Hair Park while six courts were refurbished at Lasky Park.

Updates at the parks include needed repairs to court surfaces, updated rims, stantions and other infrastructure, as well as properly painted basketball court markings and other beautifications to the parks.

Thursday's unveling event at Palmer Park comes a week after the Pistons opened their new Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center in Midtown Detroit. The $90 million state-of-the-art training center and team headquarters was designed as a community hub and is expected to attract additional investments in the area, about two miles north of Little Caesars Arena.