New outdoor basketball court takes shape at Rotary Lakeside Park
Basketball players are one step closer to enjoying a game of hoop outdoors after a small volunteer group laid the engineered outdoor modular court system and hoops over the weekend to the concrete slab adjacent to the tennis courts at Rotary Lakeside Park.
The project, spearheaded by Nelson Hoops Association, provides the basketball community with a premier outdoor court for players to hone their skills on during the off season.
The outdoor basketball court has been more than two years in the making.
In March of 2021, the original Nelson Hoops petition on change.org in garnered more than 1,200 signatures.
After applying for grants and gaining the support of Nelson City Council, the total estimated cost project of $174,313 recently broke ground with excavation of the site location.
Once the underground electrical lines were in place for the light standards, the base was frames for concrete.
Last month, the base concrete slab was poured.
The outdoor floor, made of the highest quality materials and UV stabilizers to reduce joint strain and fatigue, was recently shipped from the Lower Mainland for installation Saturday.
Sunday morning volunteers applied the surrounding flashing to keep the court system, that provides a superior balance between dry traction and low skin abrasion, in place.
Volunteers works steady through Saturday to install the custom engineered outdoor modular court system at Rotary Lakeside Park.
The outdoor court is close to being completed with most of the floor system in place and one basketball backboard and hoop installed.