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Park district completes upgrades to outdoor basketball, tennis courts

This drone photo shows the new basketball courts at Oregon Park West, left, Splash Canyon Park, playground, and shelter. Photo supplied
This drone photo shows the new basketball courts at Oregon Park West, left, Splash Canyon Park, playground, and shelter. Photo supplied

The Oregon Park District recently completed upgrades to the basketball courts and tennis courts at Oregon Park West.

The upgrades included installing Flex Court ProStep Tiles to both surfaces. Both surfaces featured a traditional asphalt surface that needed resurfacing every 5 years with additional maintenance filling cracks yearly.

“Over the last two years, Andy Egyed, Superintendent of Recreation, has been researching different products that would serve as a long-term solution for replacement of the existing surfaces. Andy selected Flex Court because of the many advantages attached to the product. The surface is guaranteed for 20-25 years,” said Executive Director Erin Folk.

Flex Court is designed with the help of orthopedic surgeons and engineered with built-in lateral and vertical forgiveness.

The shock-absorbing suspended surface reduces playing fatigue, provides better ball rebound and gives exceptional game performance.

The Flex Court system was fit directly over the current asphalt system and is perforated for complete water drainage, making it virtually maintenance free.

The existing surfaces were needing replacement every five years and were much more costly than the Flex Court which provided more of a long term solution for the district. The district has evaluated existing infrastructure and implementing upgrades attempting to gain as much longevity while still being cost effective,” said Folk.

The cost of resurfacing both the tennis and basketball courts every five years cost $60,000 to keep them in optimal condition. The cost over twenty years would have been $240,000. The new Flex Courts that are guaranteed for 20-25 years cost the district $112,000.

“I commend Andy and his staff for always keeping in mind the most cost effective solution while still providing top notch facilities for our community and patrons,” Folk said.

The basketball courts were restructured and feature two full basketball courts, shuffle board and four square. The tennis courts were also reconfigured and now feature three full tennis courts and four regulation size pickleball courts.

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