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Basketball Court Design Contest

Basketball CourtThe Manton Heights basketball court is just a typical outdoor court right now, but this summer, changes are coming.  The Providence Housing Authority (PHA) recently announced a special design contest to help generate ideas for a more eye-catching public space. During the month of May, the PHA encourages residents to submit design ideas for the center court of the outdoor basketball facility.

The New Look

The public housing facility’s on-site basketball court gets a face-lift this year thanks to investments from the PHA’s capital funds and City Councilman Michael J. Correia.  Correia represents Ward 6, which includes both the Manton and Mount Pleasant neighborhoods of Providence.  Aside from an updated court surface including the resident-inspired design, the basketball court renovation includes new backboards, benches for players, bleachers for spectators, and fencing.

The Contest

Residents can submit as many designs as they wish.  A panel of PHA staff members including representation from the Facilities Management, the Office of Strategy and Development, and Property Management departments will judge submissions and choose a winner.  The contest winner will be notified in advance and asked to participate in a ceremony honoring the artist.  The winning artist also receives a special prize.

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Aerial view of Manton Heights highlighting the basketball court in yellow and pathway in orange.

Entries can be submitted in several ways:

  1. If you have a Gmail account, visit our Google Form to upload up to 5 designs at a time.
  2. Bring designs to the Manton Heights Property Management Office at 31 Salmon Street, Providence during office hours.
  3. Connect with your on-site Resident Service Coordinator, Jenn Perez.
  4. Finally, emailed entries sent to Angela in the Office of Strategy and Development at ASalavarrieta@ProvHousing.org will also be accepted.

Entries will be accepted until May 31st, 2019 at 4 pm.  The PHA expects the resurfaced court to be painted with the new design sometime in late June / early July.

Other Site Improvements

The basketball court is not the only public space getting a face-lift at Manton Heights.  Investments in public spaces include the Manton Heights Pathway, a new walkway connecting Salmon Street – and PHA residents – to the Woonasquatucket River Greenway.  The Pathway project received funding from the State’s Acquisition and Rehabilitation Program (ARP) and from project partners at the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC).  With work to clear the sloping border of the Manton Heights property and the design nearing completion, construction is slated to begin in Fall of 2019.

Additional Information on the Contest

Questions about the contest and improvements to the Manton Heights family housing development, please contact Angela Salavarrieta at 401-709-1134.

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