Basketball hoop installed at B.C. legislature, picnic tables to come

Basketball hoop installed at B.C. legislature, picnic tables to come
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Those fancying a game of political pick-up can do so now that a basketball hoop has been installed outside of the B.C. legislature.

B.C.’s political arena now includes a basketball venue, after the installation of a public hoop on a back driveway of the provincial legislature.

Speaker Raj Chouhan had the basketball net installed last week to improve public use of the legislative grounds, as well as promote physical activity.

The legislature has also ordered a series of new picnic tables for its grounds, so that tourists, staff and the public don’t always have to sit on the grass.

“The addition of the hoop is part of an effort to encourage use of the legislative grounds by our local community,” said Kate Ryan-Lloyd, clerk of the legislature.

Anyone is welcome to play basketball, said Amber Keane, the executive director of the Speaker’s office.

“It’s meant to encourage physical activity,” she said. “The Speaker is trying to look at making the grounds more welcoming for the public.”

The legislature also recently finished repaving its driveway, a project that included new sitting areas and gathering spaces on the Belleville Street side of the grounds.

Premier John Horgan is a noted basketball fan, having played at Reynolds Secondary in his youth and on the varsity basketball team at Trent University.

Reaction on Twitter to the new addition was mixed, with some calling it a positive development and others comparing it to the infamous wood-splitter purchased for the legislature in 2019.

Some also questioned the placement of the hoop over a curb, suggesting basketballs could hit it and bounce unpredictably.

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