The Municipality of Athens has created a wide network of sports facilities and playgrounds at all municipal districts. In addition to the creation of new spaces, the Municipal Authority aims at quality upgrading, effective maintenance and proper utilization of existing spaces that in some cases sustain significant shortcomings. The “adoption” of sports facilities and playgrounds can have a direct and significant impact, as these spaces can be upgraded and delivered in a short time ready for use by young and old residents and visitors of Athens.
Following ten years of abandonment and decline, the valuable Konistra park in Petralona becomes part of the Athenians’ life again. The first step for the reconstruction of the park is the operational and aesthetical upgrade of two basketball courts and one tennis court, implemented through “Adopt your city” program. This project was donated by Novibet and Giannis Antetokounmpo through the CSR initiative Giant Heart. Νovibet has undertaken a very important initiative, as responding to citizens’ requests, it renovates sports facilities in different neighbourhoods aiming at making them accessible for every child.
Two Sports Centers and two playgrounds in Neos Kosmos were reborn with exclusive donation and implementation by the Onassis Foundation. The two basketball courts and one volleyball court at the 39th Sports Center on the corner of Sarkoudinou street and Kasomouli street and the 60th Sports Center at Heldreich Street, in Dourgouti Park operated by the City of Athens Culture, Sport and Youth Organization (OPANDA) are transformed into spaces where modern art and sports meet through artworks by street artists SAME84 and Ath1281 that exude joy and hope. Playgrounds have new cutting-edge equipment also suitable for disabled visitor and new safety flooring.