NOW Magazine - Best of Toronto - - City Scape -

DIXON PARK Dixon Road be­tween Ki­pling and Is­ling­ton It’s reg­u­la­tion sized and the only out­door court in the city whose claim to fame is that for­mer Raptor Vince Carter sank the first bas­ket. Carter’s Em­bassy of Hope Foun­da­tion do­nated the $130,000 it cost to build the fa­cil­ity in 2003. It’s hard to imag­ine a bas­ket­ball court of­fer­ing hope. That kind of story is only sup­posed to be writ in the ur­ban tan­gle of the U.S. But for the enor­mous num­ber of youths who call the nearby high-rises in this west- ern reach of Eto­bi­coke home, the square of as­phalt and con­crete pro­vides more than just recre­ational di­ver­sion. It’s a stage on which life lessons are learned.

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