Basketball returns to town park

Narrandera Public School student Hannah Beer and fellow students trying out the new basketball facility built in Marie Bashir Park, with Narrandera Shire Councillor Tracey Lewis.

In line with Narrandera Shire Council’s objective to get children moving in the great outdoors, a new basketball court has been established in Marie Bashir Park.

Nestled amongst the shady trees and adjacent to barbecues and the skate park, Narrandera families are enjoying this latest addition to the park layout.

Councillor Tracey Lewis voiced her delight at the new amenity.

“It’s really nice to come down here in the afternoons when families are barbequing, and whilst mum and dad are getting the meals ready, the kids are shooting hoops and alternating between basketball, the skate park and the climbing equipment,” Cr Lewis said.

“It is a credit to the Narrandera Shire Council parks and gardens staff the quality of the work they are doing.”

Completed just after Christmas, Cr Lewis said the basketball pit gave locals a chance to not only socialise with friends in a safe environment, but gave budding basketballers another practice area in town.

Cr Lewis described Rex Evans, the driver of this initiative, as a thoroughly “community minded man.”

Mr Evans, a Grong Grong farmer and director of coaching of representative basketball teams in Narrandera, echoed Cr Lewis’s comments.

“Full credit to those council staff on helping this facility come to fruition, the basketball area compliments an already amazing park,” he said. “Given how easy it is for kids to sit in front of a screen these days, it is wonderful to see the facility being used as much as it is.”

With two three metre high rings and an 2.4 metre high practice slam dunk ring, everyone is catered for.

“I saw an example of this type of surface material on display at a major basketball event and started making enquiries and literally the ball has just kept rolling,” Mr Evans said.

“I approached Council and they got on board, realising the importance of keeping kids in town active. It is centrally located which means it is not only fun but also practical.”

Narrandera Basketball made a financial contribution to the construction of the basketball court.

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