Fil-Ams revitalize neighborhood with pop-up basketball court in San Francisco

Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 15 2019 09:55 AM

The UNDSCVRD (pronounced Undiscovered) court is open to the public from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.

SAN FRANCISCO -- An area known to locals as a place to avoid due to drug use and homelessness is now filled with families and communities enjoying basketball.

The UNDSCVRD (pronounced Undiscovered) court is a colorful, new community basketball court now open in the South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood. 

The court is a project spearheaded by Filipino heritage organization SOMA Pilipinas and non-profit business accelerator Kultivate Labs, which also runs the monthly UNDSCVRD Filipino night markets.

The cost to pay for the space, paint, and other items totaled $50,000. 

Zendesk, a customer service software company located blocks away, invested $25,000 in the court, while the other half of the funds came from the city.

More than 75 neighborhood volunteers took time painting the court over the course of two-and-a-half weeks. 

The basketball court will only be up for the next two months before the construction of affordable housing for formerly homeless people begins.

The court is open to the public from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday with three-on-three league play at set times.

The court’s grand opening included speeches from District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney, Kultivate Labs executive director Desi Danganan, and representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and Camo Design, an architecture firm supporting the project.

The launch event featured music from DJ Oui Boogie, food from Ma Sarap, and drinks from Lady Victory. 

The UNDSCVRD series celebrates Filipino culture and heritage in San Francisco with live music, food and drink, and local vendors. They hold events every third Saturday from July to October.