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North Shore basketballers have a new stomping ground – Rim Rocker Park, at Hooton Reserve, Albany. The outdoor court, which has just been completed, was given its nickname in 2014 when plans for the new court were first announced. Locals came up with names, then voted for their favourite.
Since then, the new court has been greatly anticipated. It’s one of five courts being built by Spark and Auckland Council across North, West, Central, South and East Auckland. Spark WiFi is available at the courts, so locals can stay connected with friends, family and other ballers.
Upper Harbour Local board members, including Chair Lisa Whyte, along with Spark and Auckland Council, gathered at the new court in Albany this morning to cut a ribbon and watch local players from Harbour Basketball christen the hoops with a stunning full court performance game.
The new court at Hooton Reserve comes at a time when basketball is on the rise, particularly in North Harbour. CEO, Harbour Basketball John Hunt says they are excited to see a new outdoor court in the area. He said: “Basketball is the fastest growing sport in New Zealand. We are extremely grateful to Spark for providing this fantastic facility for the youth in the North Harbour region and know that this facility will be incredibly well utilised. Thank you also to Chair Lisa Whyte and the Upper Harbour Local Board for their support and facilitation of this venture.”
Upper Harbour Local Board Chair Lisa Whyte says the board is thrilled to have the much anticipated court ready in time for the summer holidays. Adding: “We know our young people are going to enjoy playing here and make full usage of it. The partnership between Spark and Auckland Council has delivered a fantastic outcome for our young people.”
Spark’s Sarah Williams said the company was thrilled to have the court at Hooton Reserve open for North Harbour basketballers to use. She said: “This is about what basketball can inspire within communities and the opportunities it can bring them. After all of the work that’s gone into the project, we’re looking forward to seeing people enjoy the space over summer and really begin to take ownership of it as their court.”
Channel Magazine: Issue 73 February 2017