Augusta basketball court renovations begin

By Christy Howell-Hoots - [email protected]

AUGUSTA — Renovations on the basketball court at Appelman Park are underway.

Augusta Parks and Recreation committee member Todd Kelsch said the basketball goals and benches have been placed in the park. The next steps include adding steel trash receptacles, sealing the blacktop and painting lines along the court.

The court renovations came after $10,000 was donated to the committee by Augusta native George Clooney in May.

“We’ve been wanting to do this for awhile,” he said. “When George Clooney donated that money, the plans started coming together.”

According to Kelsch, the basketball court is heavily used, so it only made sense that money was put into renovating it.

“It’s used by people ages 16 to 40 almost every day of the week,” he said. “We have a lot of people there, so we wanted to fix it up.”

Kelsch said the work has been completed by volunteers, including Jason Jefferson who owns the HVAC company in Augusta and Joel Linville, who owns Parkview Outdoors.

“They’ve volunteered their time to help us put up the basketball goals and get everything else ready,” he said. “Everyone is a volunteer, so we’re working as we can. There isn’t really a deadline, but I think it’s going well.”

Kelsch said there are events planned for the basketball court over the summer.

“We’re going to have several games here for kids during the summer,” he said.

Those events include a three-on-three tournament on July 9 and a youth five-on-five tournament on Sept. 1.

According to Kelsch, one of the reasons to renovate the basketball court was to give people something to do in absence of the Augusta pool.

“With all of the uncertainty regarding the pool, we wanted to make sure the kids in Augusta had something to do,” he said. “That was the idea behind the Parks and Recreation group. We’re here to help recreation in Augusta.”

Other than the basketball court, other recreation activities will include a monthly movie night in the park that began on June 1.

By Christy Howell-Hoots

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