Families, professional athletes, community leaders gather downtown for Together Square’s grand opening
Free, public space features new basketball and futsal courts in the heart of downtown
Sunday, June 2 marked the grand opening of Oklahoma City’s newest community park, Together Square, the result of OGE Energy Corp.’s collaboration with The Energy Assist Foundation, Team Griffin Foundation, and Myriad Botanical Gardens. Located in downtown, directly west of Myriad Gardens, the area features a basketball court branded by the Team Griffin Foundation, a futsal soccer pitch branded by The Energy Assist Foundation and a large open space for general use by all.
On Sunday afternoon, representatives from each organization spoke and Mayor Holt helped to kick off an opening party featuring basketball and futsal fun on the new courts, food trucks, music, activities for kids and a grand celebration of the unique space. Children were able to learn soccer and basketball tips from professional and elite athletes including Energy FC players and NBA players Blake and Taylor Griffin.
OGE Energy provided the land and has invited the Myriad Gardens Foundation to operate and maintain the park on the land owned by the company.
Together Square will be open to the public daily between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. The Myriad Gardens Foundation will also coordinate reservations and rentals of its courts and grounds for groups, games birthday parties or private events. Reservations can be made by phone at (405) 445-7089 or online at myriadgardens.org/togethersquare.
Another key driver of the park’s concept is the participation of two inspiring sports brands: the Energy Assist Foundation, Energy Assist is the independent, charitable arm of the Oklahoma City Energy FC and E and Team Griffin Foundation, formed by Oklahoma City natives and brothers Blake and Taylor Griffin.
Blake Griffin is the current power forward for the Detroit Pistons, and Taylor Griffin retired in 2016 after playing for the NBA as well as the NBA’s development league. The basketball court will be branded to Team Griffin Foundation.
“Anytime we can help create places for youth and families to be active together that’s a positive for us,” Blake Griffin said. “One of our goals at Team Griffin Foundation is to get more youth involved in athletics and help give them the kinds of opportunities my brother and I benefited from when we were kids.”
The futsal court will be branded to the Oklahoma City Energy FC’s logo.
“Futsal is an energetic form of soccer that is played on a hard-surface, basketball-sized court,” said Mickey Dollens, executive director of the Energy Assist Foundation. “We’ve installed courts at multiple schools in our city, and each time it creates vibrant, safe community centers for use by youth athletes. We’re excited for that same type of engagement to happen at Together Square.”
Dollens said futsal is played across the world and is officially recognized by FIFA and UEFA. It can be played with as few as two on each team making it a low-barrier sport. Futsal is known as a great skill developer; soccer superstars such as Pele, Ronaldo and Messi credit futsal with developing their skills as young players. Energy Assist is working to install these types of courts in numerous places across the city as a way to increase participation in youth athletics, provide access to soccer and supply local schools with the equipment required for this activity.
For more information or to reserve this court for your next event, call (405) 445-7089 or visit here.