Detroit Evening Report: Newly built park in NW Detroit honors basketball star Curtis Jones

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The first basketball court and event space of its kind has opened in a Detroit neighborhood.

According to The Detroit News, nonprofit Northwest Goldberg Cares raised more than $420,000 to create Curtis Jones Park on Ferry street. Curtis Jones is the fifth community park NW Goldberg Cares has created.

It’s dedicated to Jones, a local basketball legend. Jones spent most of his adult life battling mental illness and drug abuse. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and died in 1999 at the age of 49.

“We haven’t had a basketball court, let alone a playground, for over 15 years in our community,” NW Goldberg Cares executive director Daniel Washington told The Detroit News. “For us, Curtis Jones Park became a priority after doing a planning study of Ferry Park, which it sits on. We thought, enough is enough, and it’s time for us to have that amenity for our community as a whole and it’s much more than a basketball court.”

The community will be hosting “Dribbling and Donuts” to celebrate the grand opening this Sunday from 2-4 p.m. For more information, check out NWgoldbergcares.com.

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  • Tia Graham

    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.