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Timberwolves select Hastings as possible finalist to win new outdoor basketball courts

The basketball court at Pioneer Park is not in good condition and badly needs a makeover. Photo courtesy of Lee Stoffel

The City of Hastings has been chosen as one of three finalists in the southern region of Minnesota to participate in the Minnesota Timberwolves' "Our Courts, Our Future" program. This summer, the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation will travel across the state of Minnesota refurbishing four courts chosen by popular vote.

The Parks and Recreation Department, along with local basketball program managers, are asking for the community's help to win by voting online Monday, May 14, through Sunday, May 20. Individuals will be allowed to cast one vote per day at An online campaign to encourage voting is planned. Phil Vargas, Sports and Recreation Coordinator for the city, nominated Pioneer Park for the contest.

"The basketball courts at Pioneer Park are some of the most popular courts in our community and they are showing major wear and tear on the playing surface," Vargas said. "Many of the local basketball groups are excited about the possibility of getting a new court and bringing renewed enthusiasm for outdoor basketball here in Hastings."

Winners will be announced on the Timberwolves Facebook page on Thursday, May 24, at 4 p.m. If Hastings is selected, the courts would be refurbished over the summer of 2018.