Arlington residents are invited to check out new recreational features, including The Otis Brown Court for basketball players and the City’s first Futsal court, at Bob Cooke Park in East Arlington this weekend.

Arlington Parks & Recreation is hosting a grand reopening celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 17 to introduce the community to the new amenities at the park, located 2025 Craig Hanking Dr. Participants are asked to wear a face mask during the event, which will be held outdoors with space to allow for social distancing.

 Special guests will include representatives from the Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation, which generously funded the basketball court renovations and 10 new basketballs for the East Library and Recreation Center at Bob Cooke Park. The renovated basketball court, known as The Otis Brown Court, and the basketballs features affirmations, such as Extraordinary is Perseverance and Extraordinary is Grit, that align with the Arlington nonprofit’s Extraordinary Is movement.

"The Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation is so excited to have partnered with the City of Arlington to make the dream of The Otis Brown Court a reality. Having our namesakes court right in the heart of The American Dream City brings us so much joy," said Shannon Flowers, Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation Executive Director. "We hope this court will bring just as much joy to the community and anyone who steps foot on it! Together we are Extraordinary!"

 Also as part of Bob Cooke Park improvements, Arlington Parks & Recreation also transformed the under-utilized tennis courts into the City’s first Futsal court. Futsal is a variant of soccer. The new lighted court can also be used for other games, such as pickleball. Soccer practice fields will be available at the park at a later date.

 For more information about Bob Cooke Park, the East Library and Recreation Center or other amenities offered by the National Gold Medal award-winning Parks & Recreation Department, please visit www.arlingtontx.gov/parks.

By Susan Schrock, Office of Communication, City of Arlington