No-cost court a win­ner

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

THE new bas­ket­ball court at the Perry Lakes Skate Park is al­ready at­tract­ing reg­u­lars.

Floreat res­i­dent Louis Morel (18) and Church­lands res­i­dent Oliver Tate (17) said they play bas­ket­ball at the court twice a week since it was com­pleted. Louis said it was easy for peo­ple who lived near Perry Lakes Skate Park, like him­self, to get to the court for a game.

“There is Chal­lenge Sta­dium too but you have to pay,” Louis said. “This is just ca­sual and you can meet new peo­ple and have a game with friends.”

For­mer City Beach Bas­ket­ball Club pres­i­dent Kerry Clarke suc­cess­fully pe­ti­tioned the Town of Cam­bridge in 2010 to cre­ate a court that lo­cal chil­dren could use free of charge.

It took 290 sig­na­tures and five years but the new court fi­nally came to fruition last month.

Cam­bridge Mayor Si­mon Withers ac­knowl­edged that de­sign­ing, fund­ing and build­ing the court had been a slow process.

“Some peo­ple had com­plained about the costs of the new State Bas­ket­ball Cen­tre,” he said. “We needed to give kids more free play.”

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