Paul Coffey Park in Mississauga gets four new basketball courts
Published September 24, 2021 at 11:24 am
Malton residents have an impressive new place to dribble, put up three-pointers and drive the lane.
Tomorrow morning (Sat. Sept. 25), the Nav Bhatia Superfan Foundation will officially unveil four new outdoor basketball “supercourts” at Paul Coffey Park, located at Derry Rd. and Goreway Dr. The courts cost $150,000.
Bhatia, a former Malton resident, Mississauga businessman and Toronto Raptors superfan who hasn’t missed a Raptors’ home game since they began playing in the NBA in 1995, will be joined at the 11:30 a.m. unveiling by Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Ward 5 Councillor Carolyn Parrish and the Malton Sting basketball team, among others.
Founded in 2019, the Sting is a non-profit organization that provides youth with a safe environment in which to play the sport. The Malton Sting Basketball Club focuses on the student/athlete and offers various programs including a Jr. NBA development program and rep/competitive programs.
The Nav Bhatia Superfan Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to raising money to build basketball courts and provide camps for kids in Canada and around the world.
The 112-acre Paul Coffey Park, a multi-use destination formerly known as Wildwood Park, opened in 1968. Various renovations and additions have been made over the years, including the Paul Coffey Arena and Malton Adventure Playground.
The City of Mississauga put $40 million into redevelopment of the park in the last several years.
Among other features, the park has two large picnic areas, shelter area, barbecues, water sources, walking trails, tennis court, bocce courts, a major and minor soccer field, two softball diamonds, a cricket pitch, skateboard facility and views of Mimico Creek.
The park also boasts a CF-100 airplane monument, which is fitting given its proximity to Pearson Airport.
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