Basketball courts now installed on once vacant lots

Both courts were installed for about $5,000 and have been a big hit with the kids

Both courts were installed for about $5,000 and have been a big hit with the kids.

WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership has installed two basketball courts on post-demolition sites to help better the city of Warren.

One is at the corner of Belmont and Mercer in the central city, and the other is off of Highland Avenue south west.

Both courts were installed for about $5,000 and have been a big hit with the kids.

The proposal was brought to the organization by a homeowner and a member of city council. After a little research, TNP found out that the installation of both courts is a reimbursable expense for demolition.

“All that we’ve been hearing in our six years here in Warren, besides blight and saving vacant houses, is that kids need something to do in our neighborhoods. So, we thought we would merge those ideas re-mediating blight, tearing down vacant houses and reusing vacant land and giving kids something to do,” said Matt Martin with TNP.

Martin hopes that more of these post-demolition sites will become courts. They’ve already had interest from businesses who want to donate supplies, giving them the chance to make the courts bigger.

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