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West Side Story: Basketball court may get renovated

Posted: June 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Youth Activity League official Jaime Briano looks at chips in the surface of the Val Verde Park basketball court on Friday.


Val Verde Park's one-and-only basketball court may soon be renovated following a decision by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

"Our basketball court is outdated and desperately needs repairing," said Jaime Briano of the Youth Activity League. "The last time the courts were updated properly was when (the county) renovated this park about 10 years ago."

County Supervisor Michael Antonovich and county Board of Supervisors member Mark Ridley-Thomas on Tuesday will recommend that county supervisors accept a donation of $10,000 from Sprite Spark Parks and Albertsons Get Courts Back in the Game Promotion, according to the agenda. The donation would be split equally between Val Verde Park and Mona Park in Compton for basketball court surface renovations.

The proposed renovations would receive more than just a warm welcome from Val Verde residents, Briano said.

"It would help bring hope and self-esteem back to the community," he said. "If you go to other county parks around here, everything seems to be state of the art."

Basketball is very likely the most popular sport in Val Verde, which results in long lines court-side at the park while people wait to play on the park's only full-sized court, Briano said.

"It's extremely popular here, even more so than softball or baseball," he said. "Basketball is a year-round sport and kids play until the park lights go off at night."

If the board approves the grant, they would also authorize the county to an agreement with the National Recreation and Parks Association as to how the money will be used.

"The kids in Val Verde wouldn't know what to do with themselves if our court was resurfaced," Briano said. "It would definitely make their day."




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