A basketball court in the heart of the North End received a significant facelift.

The court at St. John's Park had its asphalt resurfaced, nets replaced, and backboards upgraded thanks to Bucket & Borders, a national charitable non-profit, incorporated in 2020 with the mandate to refurbish and build basketball courts, provide youth resources, tell impactful stories and strategically grow basketball across Canada. 

Jordan Stranger, a local indigenous artist, was selected to design an on-court mural. Stranger says he titled it Fly Like an Eagle.

Jordan Stranger

“Utilizing my signature eagle, my hope is to encourage flight on the court. This mural represents my love for basketball," said Stranger.

Jordan, an Anishinaabe originally from Peguis First Nation whose works are deeply rooted in tradition with contemporary Indigenous culture, says he uses his life experiences to drive his artistic passions. 

The newly refurbished basketball court will not only be a draw for area residents; the Winnipeg Sea Bears, alongside other local organizations, plan to use the court to hold basketball camps.