A long time coming: DPR restores basketball courts using federal funds

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For the past few months, DPR has been working on the restoration of three basket ball courts --- including the one at Paseo (above). Through DOI funds, DPR was able to resurface floors, replace backboards and rims, and fence the area. (PNC photo)

It’s been a long time coming.

Guam outdoor basketball courts under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks and Recreation at the Paseo in Hagatna, Tamuning Elementary School, and GHURA 506 in Yigo have now been refurbished.

Department of Parks and Recreation Director Roke Alcantara Sr. was tasked by Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio to get the sports community back on track.

Alcantara said: “You know it’s just a matter of going around and looking at parks that have been neglected for so long.”

According to Alcantara, the money comes from the federal government through Department of Interior funding.

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For the past few months, DPR has been working on the three basketball courts, which were identified under the DOI funding.

Through the funds, DPR was able to resurface floors, replace backboards and rims, and fence the area.

“All three are completed,” Alcantara said in an interview with PNC’s Leo Payumo.

When he joined DPR, the first thing that he looked at was the sports facilities in Paseo.

“The Paseo Stadium has not been maintained in a long, long time. So I had it painted,” Alcantara said.

DPR oversees the public park and sports facilities on island — from basketball and tennis courts to park pavilions.

“We are trying to use up the funds so we can renovate whatever we can, as far as park facilities,” Alcantara said.

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