Two residents who noticed the poor condition of city-owned basketball courts on the corner of Wall and Third streets in downtown Maysville prompted improvements that officials hope are just the beginning of a community project.
Maysville City Manager Matt Wallingford said he received a visit this summer from residents Stephanie Gaustauer and Brandi Lewis who noticed the poor condition of the play area on their daily walk and thought the city should make improvements.
"I immediately agreed," Wallingford said. Although often used, the basketball courts had gotten little attention in recent years, officials said.
Wallingford said he would find some funds to fix the court, replace fencing and fix sidewalks. In return, he asked Gastauer and Lewis to find a means to make improvements to adjacent green space that also belongs to the city. He suggested the women work with a local nonprofit to raise funds for playground equipment or even a shelter.
Over the past few weeks, the courts have gotten new blacktop and a new fence has been installed at street level to prevent falls. City workers put in new sidewalks along Third and Wall streets. The courts will also be striped and new basketball goals have been installed.
Wallingford said Main Street Director Caroline Reece recommended artists from Mason County High School, St. Patrick School, and Maysville High School could paint a mural featuring the schools' logos or mascots on the west wall along the courts to brighten up the space even more.
Although the courts have been neglected for years, Wallingford is hopeful the recent improvements will spark interest in the project long term.
"The idea is to get the community involved," Wallingford said.