Athletic Courts

Whether you want to practice your 3-pointer throws or just want to bounce the ball around with the family, athletic courts are an exciting addition to any home!  You can save time and money by bringing the local gym to your property. And it’s a sure way to entice the kids to spend more time at home.  It’s a great way to get your exercise and stay fit while building memories, and it’s always good to know where your kids are playing.


Choosing the right type of pavement and pattern can be a tricky decision so, before embarking on an installation, consider these factors:

Pick a Game

“First, make up your mind about what you want to be able to play,” says Thomas Dieck, a landscape architect in New York. “You can have a half court or a full court, depending on your space and preferred activities. You can play tennis and basketball on a half court. There’s a bigger variety than most people realize, and different ways to paint the lines.”

Go for Multipurpose

Some courts can serve multiple purposes, says Dieck, who installed a tennis court for Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. “We added a concrete curb to theirs, and he would flood it during the winter for ice-skating for his family and for some of the New York Rangers.”

Find Out the Codes

Consult your local planning and zoning board about regulations. “In most places, these courts need permits because you’re adding a nonpermeable surface to the landscape,” says Dieck. 



Pick a Site

Select a level greensward. It does not have to be perfectly flat, though, if professional grading is involved. “You want flooring of concrete or asphalt, with interlocking tiles to give the ball true bounce,” Dieck says.
Ideally these installations—designed for shock absorption, traction, drainage and maximum bounce for balls— meet the standards and guidelines of athletic governing bodies and professional venues. CBA installed Georgia Tech’s new gym and the facility for the Final Four basketball tournament.
Another plus: Most courts require only minimal maintenance.
“They’re injected with a UV light stabilizer so that even in the heat and sun, they hold their color,” says Pittman, whose company installs courts all over the Southeast.
“So many parents work long hours while their kids play video games,” he adds. “This is a way to get everybody together outside. We hear from clients who invariably say they wish they’d installed the courts sooner, when the kids were younger.”