OGDEN -- Under a blazing afternoon sun, a team of volunteers carefully installed burgundy and navy blue polypropylene squares, giving a long-neglected basketball court at the Marshall White Community Center an NBA-style makeover.
The project is part of an effort to resurface the center's tennis and basketball courts through a $38,300 Weber County RAMP grant and a $10,000 contribution from Sport Court West in Salt Lake City, which also has been hired to provide materials.
RAMP funding comes from a tax approved by Weber County voters in 2004 that allows the county to impose a local sales tax of one-tenth of 1 percent, which is 1 cent on a $10 sale, to improve recreation, arts, museums and parks.
When work is finished next week, the basketball court will boast new goals, complete with glass backboards, and a weather-resistant NBA-size playing surface.
The court also will be used for Futsal, a variation of soccer played on a smaller surface.
The court's burgundy and navy colors are meant to replicate those of the Real Salt Lake soccer club, said James Burdett, sports construction and design manager for Sport Court.
Adjacent to the basketball court are two tennis courts that have been resurfaced in blue and green, the colors of the U.S. Tennis Association.
The courts also can be altered to make four QuickStart Tennis courts. QuickStart uses a smaller court size and racquet and less lively balls to introduce children 10 and younger to tennis.
It's gratifying to have the playing surfaces returned to mint condition, said Tyrone Aranda, director of the Marshall White Center.
"It's really neat to see the tennis courts brought back," he said Wednesday. "We are also going to have an outdoor basketball league that starts Oct. 8."
Participation in the basketball league will cost $1 per person per game night.
Dede Fluette, community services block grant supervisor for the Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership, which manages the Marshall White Center, said it is rewarding to have written the RAMP grant request for the resurfacing project.
"It always feels good (when a grant is awarded)," she said.
OWCAP saved about $3,000 by having volunteers help install the new playing surface, Aranda said.
Sports Court West may be reimbursed by USTA and the U.S. Soccer Association for its donation, Burdett said, adding the new courts will be a valuable recreation asset for Ogden.
"It's going to be awesome when it's done," he said. "You're exposing youth to more to do outside and new sports opportunities."
A ceremony to commemorate the opening of the courts will be held sometime next month.