Outdoor basketball courts, NBA players come to Fairfield Middle
If you build it, as the saying goes, they will come. the Field of dreams adage comes true at Fairfield Middle School.
Henrico County awarded a construction contract on July 13 for four new outdoor basketball courts at Fairfield Middle School. When construction is completed in mid-October, retired NBA players will hit the courts twice a week.
Richmond’s last pro-am league disbanded about five years ago, but CJ Wiggins revived the movement last month and renamed the league.
“Loveday is spreading love in our city, showing love to each other in our city,” said Wiggins. “There has been a lot of violence and a lot of bad things going on in the city, and it’s just a positive light for people to come down and be with their families.”
The league is made up of some of Richmond’s top college and professional basketball players, including Reggie Williams, Jamar Abrams and Brandon Rozzell among others.
The Henrico County Supervisory Board awarded a $ 403,900 construction contract at its board meeting on Tuesday evening. The bid for the contract was quite competitive, and the bid is almost $ 20,000 cheaper than the pre-construction estimate.
Construction will begin in August at Fairfield Middle School, and all four courts are expected to be completed by mid-October, according to Neil Luther, director of recreation and parks for Henrico County.
Courts will be open to the public when the school is not in session. The four new NBA-sized asphalt courts will feature sports LED lighting and colorful acrylic flooring.
“New York City is known for playing outdoors and hosting a lot of outdoor events,” Wiggins said. “We were wondering why can’t we have something like this.”
The project was led in part by Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson in response to great interest from residents of eastern Henrico.
“At one point the county had a decent amount of [basketball courts] and over the years. . . you don’t see as many ”, Nelson told the Citizen. “We had a wave of enthusiasm about it.
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Anna Bryson is the educational reporter for Henrico Citizen and a member of the Report for America corps. Make a tax deductible donation to support his work, and RFA will match him dollar for dollar.