Outdoor basketball courts weather a lot of wear and tear. Fresh paint can spark spirit and pride, and painting logos or mascots in center court encourages community identity.
Sort all materials into piles by like items to ensure you have materials needed to complete project.
Depending on the size of your basketball surface you may need to leave parts of the court off, make a half-court surface, or customize it. If you have enough room to work with, the diagram shown will tell you the official court size.
Basketball Court stencil kits can be found at BasketballStencil.com.
Before priming, wash the entire area with a pressure washer. If you do not have access to a pressure washer, use a hose and a high-powered nozzle and sweep the area with a broom afterwards. Let the surface dry completely before you begin priming.
Prime the entire area using a clear concrete primer and rollers with extension (optional, though recommended)
Additional notes about working with Concrete Primer:
If you are interested in painting a center court logo/mascot, make a stencil out of poster board or similar material. Trace the design onto the poster board and cut certain sections out for easiest use.
Another method for painting a logo/mascot is to use a grid system. With the image set behind or sketched onto a grid of squares on paper, you can create that same grid on the ground, using a tape measure and string line (spacing the squares evenly to mimic the grid on the paper). Then you can simply use the squares as a guide for sketching out the image, and then paint it after it has been sketched.
Mix the non-skid additive into your paint.
If painting a logo or mascot, use the stencil created during preparation steps, then paint with small brushes. Fill in large areas then create outlines when the paint is dry.
If needed, lay out the stencil for the Basketball Court Lines and secure with tape as necessary (instructions should accompany the stencil). Paint the lines and then fill in the areas using rollers and brushes.
Put up the caution tape so that no one steps on the fresh paint, and touch up the area with a small brush as needed.
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Adults and children appreciate having plenty of seating areas in and near their playspace. Benches encourage adult supervision when placed in close proximity to the playground equipment. A tree bench also encourages a sense of community by creating a designated area for neighbors to gather together under a tree’s natural shade. If you have small to medium sized trees near your playground this may be the bench for you!
Plant trees and shrubs, or add a pizza garden, butterfly garden, or custom garden to your playspace! The pizza garden is easy to create and provides a place where kids can watch different plants grow, seeing the similarities and differences in each. The butterfly garden encourages exploration, offers a sensory experience and can be the setting for many science lessons. The custom garden is specifically designed for the needs of the community.
A stage enhances the play area by giving children a place to put on skits and plays, and serves as a space to hold other community events as well.