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Outdoor basketball just got more attractive, and not just because most indoor activities are banned due to COVID-19, but also because the courts at Vastwood Park are newly paved and striped and ready for all comers.
In work just completed last week, the two conjoined courts at the park are flatter and more colorful than they’ve been in years.
“We’ve been wanting to make incremental improvements in different areas and this is one place we had looked at for a while,” said judge-executive Johnny “Chic” Roberts. “It had needed resurfaced so what we decided to do was go ahead and do a level resurface and then restripe.”
The process began with new blacktop skimmed over the top to provide a fresh, level surface.
“They went ahead and put in enough just to completely level it,” he said. “And then we had a company come in and put two coats of acrylic on it.” That acrylic doesn’t just protect the blacktop from damage, but also protects players from sticking to the blacktop or getting material transfer onto the basketball.
Once the blacktop was sealed with black acrylic, the key was painted red and grey, outlined with white stripes.
Improving the courts is good for visitors and for local kids who play on it all summer.
“It’s utilized a lot,” he said. “We have a lot of kids out there playing basketball.”