Washington Market Park basketball courts get a fashionable upgrade

The Parks Department arranged with the Danish streetwear company Les Deux to renovate the basketball court at Washington Market Park as part of its Creative Courts initiative, and it looks fabulous. The project cost $70,000 and was funded by Les Deux Legacy, the brand’s charitable/philanthropic platform. The Les Deux team did the design with help from Danish firm Kongstad Studio and the city non-profit Project Backboard, which renovates public basketball courts and installs large scale works of site-specific art.

Les Deux has retailers here now — they are stocked in Nordstrom and will soon be opening in Bloomingdales across four locations — but they are opening their first office in the US soonish and plan to be in Soho or Tribeca, co-founder Andreas von der Heide said at the event. So they wanted to contribute to a Downtown court.

Parks also then redid the tennis court so the whole Chambers Street stretch of Washington Market Park is looking fresh.

Anthony Perez, the new Manhattan borough commissioner, along with Councilman Chris Marte attended the ribbon cutting; that was followed by a workshop for kids and a 3-on-3 tourney led by pro coach and humanitarian Tremaine Dalton, with a $2,000 prize for the winners’ chosen charity.

Since 2016, Parks has renovated 44 courts in 20 parks as part of its Creative Courts program and plans to continue to add more vibrant colors to the city’s basketball and tennis courts.