The WMBA Foundation officially opened its latest state-of-the-art outdoor basketball court on Tuesday at Dakota Community Centre in Winnipeg's St. Vital area.  The new build marks the 3rd court of its kind in the city with 3 more currently in the works.  The Foundation opened the first one at Garden City CC in 2006 and at Whyte Ridge CC in 2008.  As part of the WMBA's AGM also held on Tuesday at Dakota, the Foundation also announced that Kirkfield Westwood CC in west Winnipeg would be the next home for the 4th court with an estimated opening in 2012.  For more on the new Dakota court including video and pictures...

 The Honourable Theresa Oswald, Minister of Health and City Councilors Justin Swandel (St. Norbert) and Gord Steeves (St. Vital) attempt to sink the first 'official' basket at the new Dakota Court

A $160,000+ state-of-the-art outdoor basketball court has been built at Dakota CC! The court is now open for use by members of the community! The court is a great addition to Dakota and will be used for years to come by children and adults of all ages! The court will be available for drop-in use, it can be rented for private use and we will be running outdoor tournaments.

Court Features:
  • Sport Court flooring with official FIBA lines
  • 2 regulation 10 foot baskets with glass backboards and collapsible rims with mesh
  • 10 foot fence surrounding the court
  • Lighting for late night usage
Some background information: 
  • Dakota CC was chosen as a grant recipient of the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association Foundation (the charitable arm of the WMBA).
  • The Foundation has a mandate to help with the construction of six outdoor courts, one in each of the six WMBA districts of Winnipeg. 
  • Dakota was chosen as the recipient of the court for the South-east area of Winnipeg !
The funding for the court came from the following sources:
  • Dakota Community Centre - $53,000
  • WMBA Foundation - $51,666
  • Community Incentive Grant (through City Councillor Justin Swandel ) - $25,000
  • Community Incentive Grant (through City Councillor Gord Steeves) - $10,000
  • Urban Development Initiative Grant (from Provincial MLA Theresa Oswald) - $25,000
Please join me in thanking the following people. Without their support and hard work, this project would not have become a reality.
  • Jacques Levesque (General Manager , Dakota CC), Barry Catt (President, Dakota CC) and the rest of the Dakota CC Board and staff
  • Dwight MacNeil (on behalf of the WMBA Foundation)
  • Ted Fardoe (WMBA President on behalf of the WMBA)
  • Justin Swandel (City Councillor - St. Norbert Ward)
  • Gord Steeves (City Councillor – St. Vital Ward)
  • The Honourable Theresa Oswald (MLA, Seine River)
Submitted by Brent Amos, Basketball Director, Dakota Community Centre

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