November 29, 2021

Homer upgrades basketball courts with paint, equipment; lights to stay on later

Shenandoah Briere

Homer High School senior Zack Smith, 18, goes for a layup while shooting hoops with a group of boys Tuesday afternoon on the Homer village recreation basketball courts. The courts were recently given an update by the village.

Zack Smith dribbled the ball — one, two — then leaped into the air on the side of the hoop and shot the ball. Swoosh.

Smith, an 18-year-old Homer High School senior, was among a dozen boys and men Tuesday afternoon using the Homer village basketball courts, which sit just behind the Homer Fire Department on Main Street.

“They (the courts) were not the best,” he said.

Now Smith is excited to get out and shoot some hoops after the village updated the courts with new painted markings, hoops and a water fountain.

But painting and new basketball hoops weren’t the only thing the village did.

“We also made the lights turn on later,” said village Treasurer Tanya Digennaro, so people could play basketball until 11 p.m.

She said a lot of the work was done at the courts after the village received emails from people about wanting to see the courts stay open later and village Trustee Tim Daley recognized the worn state of the basketball hoops.

The final cost of the upgrades wasn’t available, but Digennaro said the work was done by the Department of Public Works and the Water Department.

About 20 people a day can be seen using the courts, said Zack Pollak, the village recreation director.

“The state of the basketball courts probably impacted those numbers,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll get more people there now.”

As the sun beat down, Smith jogged over to join the group of boys again.

Music played in the back- ground and the kids each took turns shooting — some making two- and- three-pointers and others trying for layups.

“I like it, it looks good,” said Smith, who tried to play at the courts as much as he could this summer.