Project Rebound,  an offshoot of UpDayton’s Summit,  will celebrate the completion of its painting project noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16  at the Greater Dayton Recreation Center at Roosevelt Commons, 2021 W. Third St. in Dayton.
Photo: Project Rebound
Photo: Project Rebound

Community rallies to bring new life to basketball court once in shambles 

Basketballs will bounce on a colorful court thanks to a community effort and more than $75,000 in donations.

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Project Rebound, an offshoot of UpDayton’s Summit, will celebrate the completion of its painting project noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16,  at the Greater Dayton Recreation Center at Roosevelt Commons, 2021 W. Third St. in Dayton. 

Project Rebound,  an offshoot of UpDayton’s Summit,  will celebrate the completion of its painting project noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16  at the Greater Dayton Recreation Center at Roosevelt Commons, 2021 W. Third St. in Dayton.
Photo: Project Rebound

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The event will include a court ribbon cutting and inaugural pick-up basketball game.

The project was designed by Dayton artist James Pate.  

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Neighborhood children and members of the  Roosevelt Neighborhood Association helped paint and in the design process.  

Project Rebound, an offshoot of UpDayton’s Summit, will celebrate the completion of its painting project noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16,  at the Greater Dayton Recreation Center at Roosevelt Commons, 2021 W. Third St. in Dayton.  The photo was taken above the court before repairs were made.
Photo: Project Rebound

Several iron workers and cement masons donated all their labor, said Bryan Stewart, the leader of the Project Rebound effort. 

Before the rehab, the court was cracked and had “terrible hoops and rims,” he said. 

Project Rebound was one of three winners from UpDayton’s 2017 Summit. 

Project Rebound,  an offshoot of UpDayton’s Summit,  will celebrate the completion of its painting project noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16  at the Greater Dayton Recreation Center at Roosevelt Commons, 2021 W. Third St. in Dayton.
Photo: Project Rebound

Stewart says $75,000 in in-kind donations were generated on the heels of an $1,000 UpDayton grant to rehab the Greater Dayton Recreation Center's outdoor court.

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Donations include:

— concrete from Ernst Concrete.

— bleachers, player seating and scorer’s table from Lowe’s. 

Project Rebound,  an offshoot of UpDayton’s Summit,  will celebrate the completion of its painting project noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16  at the Greater Dayton Recreation Center at Roosevelt Commons, 2021 W. Third St. in Dayton.
Photo: Project Rebound

— a roughly $9,000 grant from Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County to cover the cost of the hoops. 

— paint and materials from Star City Paints and Benjamin Moore

— a bobcat donated by Vandalia Rental

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Project Rebound,  an offshoot of UpDayton’s Summit,  will celebrate the completion of its painting project noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16  at the Greater Dayton Recreation Center at Roosevelt Commons, 2021 W. Third St. in Dayton.
Photo: Project Rebound

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