Lavallette residents who enjoy shooting hoops will soon have a new court on which to play.
Thanks to the generosity of a borough couple, Dave and Nancy Daly, of Reese Avenue, the borough will look to build a completely new court facility. The Dalys are donating the funds for the project in honor of their late son, George.
Borough Administrator John O. Bennett said the Daly family has been working with a North Jersey company, Halecon Inc., of Bridgewater, to design a court for Lavallette that they hope will be under construction this fall. Halecon, Bennett said, builds custom courts with the latest surfacing technology.
The borough council has said the new basketball court will be built at the location of the old roller hockey rink, behind the tennis courts. Borough officials are consulting with their attorney on how to proceed – whether the donation can directly fund the construction of the court or if the borough needs to put the project out to bid, which would raise the price – before proceeding.
“They would like to have the project started in the fall,” said Councilman Robert Lamb.
George Daly, 20, died while away at college in 2015, according to a tribute article in the University of Pittsburgh’s student newspaper. An “avid” sports fan, George enjoyed playing baseball and basketball, the article said.
“George was uniquely blessed with a large posse of close friends and a loving family who, in turn, were made better by his presence,” his mother told the newspaper.