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New mural, renovated courts debut at Hayes Valley Playground in San Francisco

By August 2, 2019 No Comments
The project at the Hayes Valley Playground was funded with a $99,500 grant from The Kevin Durant Charity Foundation through its "Build It and They Will Ball" initiative with additional support from Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia. (Photos courtesy of Thirty Five Ventures)

The basketball and tennis courts at the Hayes Valley Playground in San Francisco reopened July 29 following renovation and resurfacing work.

The improvements included a colorful mural by San Francisco street artist Apexer that doubles as the surface of the basketball court, new hoops and backboards, resurfacing of the tennis court and fencing improvements.

The multi-colored surface for the basketball court was designed by San Francisco street artist Apexer.

“It’s an honor to partner with Joe Gebbia of Airbnb and the city of San Francisco to give back to the community and its youth,” Kevin Durant said in a statement.

The Hayes Valley Playground underwent a $3.9 million renovation in 2011, but the sport courts had not been renovated since 2001.

The playground is the social center of the community and provides invaluable programming, especially for youth from the nearby public housing developments, said Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

More than 100 youths attended the opening event on July 29, which featured basketball games, face painting, a DJ and giveaways, parks officials said.