As the Big Ten Tournament kicks off in NYC for the first time ever this week, the Big Ten Network partnered with NYC Parks to unveil the redesign of the Triborough Bridge Playground B in Astoria Queens. It’s the first major renovation of the playground in 20 years. The custom court design is by Brooklyn-based artist Mark Paul Deren aka MADSTEEZ.
The colors on the court represent all 14 Big Ten schools, with Meren’s signature “M” logo integrated into the design.
As part of the court’s official unveiling, BTN hosted a youth clinic led by NBA skills trainer Chris Brickley and former New York Knicks forward Jared Jeffries. Around 50 kids from Zone 126 after-school program and After School All-Stars were invited to work on their skills at the new court.
From Jordan Maleh, Director of Digital Marketing and Communications at BTN:
The basketball tradition in New York City is second to none, and it’s one of the many reasons the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament has made its way to Madison Square Garden. As a network our goal was to, even in a small way, make a meaningful contribution to that culture and we’ve been fortunate to have a partner like NYC Parks to make it a reality.
From Queens Borough Park Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski:
The Big Ten Network has brought color and fun into this neighborhood basketball court, new rims, weather-resistant asphalt and an eye-catching mural, these hoops are sure to be a hit.
Hulu will be providing a full digital recap of the event.