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Logos unveils court, outdoor gym

Students play on Logos Public Charter School's new basketball court Tuesday.(Photo courtesy of Sheryl Zimmerer).

Logos Public Charter School just keeps growing.

Less than a month after the school’s charter with the Medford School District was extended and an enrollment expansion approved, the K-12 school has opened a new outdoor multi-sport court built with a $40,000 grant.

Funded by a donation from the Carrico Family Foundation, the 45-by-60-foot court was finally used by students this week after a long waiting period and has already been a big hit at the school on North Ross Lane. The court is equipped with two basketball hoops, each with Plexiglas backboards, and is lined for basketball, pickleball and volleyball.

According to Melanie Scofield, the school’s scholars academy coordinator, the court was installed by Portland-based Sport Court on top of a concrete slab in February. Students weren’t able to use it until recently, however, because the area was roped off as new exercise equipment funded by another grant was installed nearby.

The hoops can be raised and lowered. In addition, a $1,000 donation from a Logos family covered the cost of 20 basketballs and a cart to hold them.

“It is (getting used) now, with students coming in,” Scofield said of the new court, which includes a giant “L” painted at center court. “We haven’t had the students, but now that they are here and the sun is shining, we’re getting everything put together. … I looked today and there are lots of kids out there on all of it. We hear that kids come to school just so they can play on it.”

According to Logos Executive Director Sheryl Zimmerer, the exercise equipment — dubbed the Thrive 900 — was installed by GameTime and includes a RubberCycle surface that has 16-foot fall-protection technology.

The Thrive 900 includes a sit-up bench, monkey bars, a balancing band, ladders and a lot more, and it was also being well used Tuesday afternoon. Accessibility features for students with disabilities were also built into Logos’ new equipment.

Zimmerer said the new workout station cost $50,247 and was funded by the Student Investment Account, a state grant. It takes up 900 square feet and can accommodate up to 20 people at a time, with exercises that range from beginner to advanced.

“We had a playground at our school that was great for our younger students, and we are a K-12 school,” Zimmerer said, “and we needed something that our older students could use. And they had been asking for a basketball court, and they’d been asking to be able to get their heart rates up and to exercise. So between these two grants we were able to not only provide the basketball court but also to be able to provide this P.E. station that students will be able to use for years to come.”

Joe Zavala can be reached at 541-821-0829 or jzavala@rosebudmedia.com.