Hooptown USA to Renovate Three Hoopfest Community Courts in Spokane Parks

Corbin, Franklin, and Thornton Murphy Parks seeing basketball court improvements this summer

Media: Fianna Dickson, 625.6297. Parks & Recreation: 311 or 509.755.2489

Friday, August 6, 2021 at 10:12 a.m.

SPOKANE – Three Hoopfest community basketball courts are set for improvements this summer, thanks to Hooptown USA and generous donors. 

Corbin Park renovation is slated to begin Wednesday, August 11, and wrap up around Friday, August 20. Franklin Park begins Monday, August 16, and Thornton Murphy Park work begins around Saturday, August 28.

“Hooptown USA has been a great partner to us, and an incredible asset to our community,” said Parks & Recreation director Garrett Jones. “Investment in community basketball courts is part of why Spokane really is Hooptown USA. We’re looking forward to these improvements and we’re grateful to Hooptown USA and the generous donors that helped make this happen.” 

“Our goal was to not only provide some much-needed TLC to our community courts, but provide investment in the development of and access to basketball in our city,” said Matt Santangelo, executive director of the Spokane Hoopfest Association. “We are grateful because our efforts inspired others to see this as an opportunity. We are committed to growing the game while developing assets that we all can be proud of.” 


Court renovations (dates are approximate):


Corbin Park 

August 11 – 20, 2021

Renovations in partnership with OREO Cookies and the Albertsons Foundation

  • Resurface court
  • Finish court surface with plexipave coloring (no mural)  
  • Replace plexiglass backboards and rims 


Franklin Park 

August 16 - September 3, 2021

Renovations in partnership with Spokane Indians Baseball Club, Spokane Arts, and the Spokane Tribe

  • Resurface court
  • Replace plexiglass backboards and rims
  • Paint mural on court surface. Mural designed in partnership with Spokane Tribe of Indians & Spokane Indians Baseball team; mural installation to be led by Ruben Marcilla, and assisted by three local Native artists. 


Thornton Murphy Park 

August 28 - September 20, 2021

Renovations in partnership with Spokane Arts

  • Resurface court
  • Replace plexiglass backboards and rims
  • Paint mural on court surface. Lead by artist Nick Goettling, working with one local artist through the Spokane Arts’ mural apprenticeship program.




About OREO Cookies/Albertson Foundation Court Renovations

OREO Cookies teamed up with Albertsons Foundations to refurbish local basketball courts to give the next generation of hoop dreamers a place to play.  How did the program work?  Shoppers collected their empty OREO Cookie packages, printed out a free shipping label form and shipped their packs to TerraCycle®, where they were recycled into courtside benches. If you’d like to learn more or “team” up with OREO Cookies to make a difference, visit www.oreohoopheroes.com


About City of Spokane Parks & Recreation

City of Spokane Parks and Recreation stewards nearly 120 properties across 4,000 acres of park land, including manicured parks, natural lands, aquatic centers, golf courses, sports complexes, and an arboretum. We also offer hundreds of recreation opportunities for all ages and abilities to improve the health and quality of life for our community. Enjoy all your city has to offer by visiting spokaneparks.org. Follow us @SpokaneParks on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.