Submitted by ub on Tue, 08/07/2012 - 12:49

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined Courts of Dreams Foundation Chairman Natasha Cornstein, former New York Knick Larry Johnson, and children from the West Bronx Recreation Center, Mosholu Montefiore Community Center, Riverdale Neighborhood House and Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, to cut the ribbon on a $162,000 renovation at Van Cortlandt Park’s Classic Playground basketball courts. After the ribbon cutting, the New York Knicks Groove Truck hosted a basketball clinic for children attending the event.

The $162,000 project reconstructed the park’s two existing basketball courts, including the installation of new asphalt pavement, backboards, court lines, benches, and the cleaning of the site’s storm drains.

The Courts of Dreams Foundation is an organization whose mission is to restore and maintain outdoor basketball courts for children in NYC neighborhoods and around the world, fostering healthy, safe, communities while promoting the values of basketball such as team work, mutual respect and leadership.