Oxford Seeking BCBS Grant for Outdoor Basketball Court

By Alyssa Schnugg
News editor

Conceptual drawing provided by the city of Oxford

Oxford city leaders are looking at building an outdoor basketball court near the mobile home park Oxford Wheel Estates.

Last week, the Board of Aldermen gave Chief Operating Officer Bart Robinson permission to apply for a grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation to build the court that would be located just north of Oxford Wheel Estates and east of Access Road.

The BCBS Foundation aims at improving the health of Mississippians by providing grant funds for projects focused on health and wellness.

A conceptual plan shows the court to be 94 feet by 50 feet and with an ornamental iron fence in the front.

Who would operate and manage the courts has not yet been decided with officials waiting to see if the city receives the grant before moving forward with those discussions.

Robinson said while no full, detailed cost estimate has been completed he expects the construction of the court to be about $50,000.

“At this time, construction is dependent on the grant,” he said Wednesday.



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