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Three refurbished basketball courts were unveiled at Hillside Park in April
Photo by Estlin Haiss

Three refurbished basketball courts were unveiled at Hillside Park in April 2019, a project subsidized by FILA and The Tamia & Grant Hill Foundation, in partnership with the Durham Parks Foundation. The updates included court resurfacing, new backboards and improved fencing and landscaping. The inspiration of the design comes from the City of Durham flag itself, with a Grant Hill Foundation logo at center court and FILA branding surrounding the courts. In the middle court, artist Sarahlaine Calva created a custom, vibrant mural. Grant Hill, the Duke and NBA star and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, was on hand for the big reveal and received a key to the city.

“Durham has played a vital role in my life, and it is truly special to launch this program here and give back to a community that has meant so much to me,” Grant said in a press release. “I have always been passionate about setting the right example and motivating youth. I have so many fond memories from my time at Duke, and I am thankful to the City of Durham and FILA for the opportunity to offer these kids a place to grow, excel, stay active and enjoy the game.”

Artist Sarahlaine Calva created a custom, vibrant mural in Hillside Park
Photo by Estlin Haiss

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Amanda MacLaren

Amanda MacLaren

Amanda MacLaren is the executive editor of Durham Magazine. Born in Mesa, Arizona, she grew up in Charlotte and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in journalism. She’s lived in Durham for eight years. When she’s not at work, you can usually find her with a beer in hand at Fullsteam, Dain’s Place or Bull City Burger or getting takeout from Guasaca.

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