Sprite Sparks Parks Grant Helps Fulton County's Burdett Park Get Back In The Game | Print |

Beginning this fall, local teens will be able to express their most dynamic basketball moves on a refurbished local court. Burdett Park recently received a $15,000 grant based on votes it earned through the national Sprite Spark Parks Project initiative, which refreshes courts in public parks and recreation centers throughout the country.

Voting in the Sprite Spark Parks Project, a joint program from Sprite and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), took place between March 28 and May 31 on SpriteSparkParks.com. Thanks to the more than 76,000 votes it received, Burdett Park, which is located at 2945 Burdett Road, College Park, GA 30349, has been awarded one of the coveted grants.

The Burdett Gym was built in 1976, and through the years, it has been the home of several state youth basketball championship teams.  The park has athletic fields, a gymnasium, picnic shelter and a playground.  The indoor basketball court and locker rooms are one of the park’s most utilized amenities.

“Basketball courts such as Burdett Park are among the best places teens can go to be physically active, improve their health and have fun with friends,” said Tony Phillips, Assistant Director of Fulton County’s Planning and Community Services Department.  “We would like to thank Fulton County residents for supporting Burdett Park. The numerous votes that came in to help the park win the $15,000 grant prove residents value their parks and the programming offered at each center.” 

Burdett Park is one of the more than 50 courts Sprite and the NRPA are refreshing across the country this year. The grants will be used to refurbish rims, backboards, lights, benches and playing surfaces – sparking new life to these play spaces. Sprite Spark Parks Project voting is now closed, but people can still help support other public parks and recreational facilities by donating through NRPA’s public engagement initiative at americasbackyard.org.

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