The community of Santa Margarita is getting one more place to play Saturday with the grand opening of a new basketball court in town.
The Santa Margarita Lions Club and Santa Margarita Community Church, along with local volunteers, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new half court and hoop installed at I and Murphy streets next to an existing public tennis court.
The project to revamp the corner started last summer, church administrator Andrew Redel said. The new resource was a much-needed amenity in town, he said.
“A long time ago there was a half court there, but the hoop would always break,” he added. “Now it’s professionally done with lines and a concrete slab.”
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The roughly $20,000 project was funded through in-kind donations of supplies, labor and funds. Volunteers also organized a community fundraiser by selling bricks engraved with donors' names, which brought in about $3,000, Redel said.
Saturday’s ceremony begins at noon and is free to the public. Awards will handed out to local sponsors and helpers with a complimentary barbecue to follow.
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson is set to open the event by cutting the ribbon to officially open the basketball court. Parkinson also previously visited the site.
Those with questions can call Redel at 438-5011.