The renovation of Rodney Park’s basketball court brought an animated paint job and higher hoops (that now meet with regulations). Warner Brothers transformed the worn court into a jovial burst of cartoon color and characters (Taz, Bugs, Daffy, Tweety, Sylvester, and Lola). They launched the court with an exhibition game between Team Daffy and Team Bugs (Captains Elena Parasco, Team Bugs & Chris Brickley, Team Daffy put together their teams). Milk & Cream offered special frozen delights: Bugs Bunny Alley Scoop (orange sherbet) and Daffy Duck Dunk (sweet and salty kettle corn ice cream), and there was merchandise linked to the Space Jam 2 movie for sale. Bugs Bunny even made an appearance, but alas no Daffy.
During the celebration some local basketball players tested the surface of the court and noticed it was somewhat slick. The announcer on the loud speaker tried to allay any fears that this condition would last. However it turned out the issue wasn’t a temporary matter. The painters of the mural Evan Rossell and Dee Rosse insisted that they used the proper paint approved by the Parks Dept. Then in mid August the court was closed to fix the slippery surface by adding a coarse coat of silica sand. There were also issues with the court’s three-point line, the width of the court, and the backboards; all these were corrected.
On August 23 the city reopened Rodney Park’s BB court. Paul Travisano, a local resident who raised the alarm about the new paint job’s foibles on Twitter, happily reported the court is no longer a pratfall center.