City of Binghamton, New York

King Rice Courts at Columbus Park

In the spring of 2018, the City of Binghamton completed a $98,000 renovation of the basketball courts at Columbus Park, renaming them in honor of King Rice, a Binghamton High School graduate, college basketball star and Division I head coach at Monmouth University. 

The basketball courts, which had become cracked and worn, were milled and paved to create a smooth, durable surface and converted from half courts to full courts. Crews painted one of the courts red, white and blue, Binghamton Patriots colors, and the other “Tar Heel blue” in honor of Rice’s other alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The project also included new hoops, benches, tables and signage.

King Rice and his family attended the renaming ceremony with Mayor Richard C. David, other City officials and members of the community at Columbus Park on May 5, 2018. 

The project was a collaborative effort between Mayor David, the City of Binghamton Parks & Recreation Department, the City Engineering Department, the Broome County Urban League and community members who have played or coached on the courts.

Columbus Park is located at 50 Carroll St. in Binghamton.