QUINCY IS A GREAT BASKETBALL COMMUNITY
From the great high school teams of the 1980’s to the local hometown rivalry of the Raiders and Blue Devils, basketball has always been a key cog in the Quincy community tradition. What’s missed, however, is what basketball can do for the community beyond our varsity school teams.
Berrian Park is a key location for outdoor basketball in Quincy. Beyond its use within the neighboring community, it is a home for a number of summer leagues and basketball tournaments. But this old court is seeing its last days.
Berrian’s basketball court is in desperate need of repair. As it sits today, this court is worn down and dangerously cracked with a mask of flaking paint. It is often covered in water due to a combination of a steep run off and a drainage system that doesn’t drain.
This court means everything to those whouse it, but it continues to be forgotten, overlooked and not considered for the care that it needs. There is no plan in the forseeable future to make Berrian’s beloved basketball court any better. Meanwhile, the community and players continue to make the best of what they have. It shouldn’t be this way!
We, a small group of friends at LifePoint Church, believe that we have a unique opportunity to breathe life into our community by recognizing a simple need that is channeled through safer, competitive and useable basketball courts at Berrian Park. To us, this project is less about a material investment into our local parks, but a greater investment into people knowing that they are seen, loved and cared for.
To accomplish this, we must:
— Gain approval and support from the Quincy Park District to relocate and build two new basketball courts at Berrian Park. [completed]
— Design maintainable basketball courts that exceed the current conditions of Berrian’s basketball courts for years to come. [completed]
-- Secure 100% donated labor from professional contractors. [completed]
— Raise financial support, awareness and advocacy within the communty for Berrian Park.
— Partner with non-organized efforts to bring community basketball together through leagues and tournaments.
WHAT WILL IT TAKE?
We are anticipating that this project will cost around $75,000. With 100% of the labor donated this figure includes only *the material costs of the project. We believe, and would prefer, that we would fully fund this project through the support of our community. While large donations are helpful and welcomed, we would love for the people of Berrian Park to know that a large group of people from their community pooled together for their good. A simple donation of $20 from 3,750 people would completely fund our project.
*a working budget of the material cost will be attached.