With the warm weather, those of us who are lucky enough to have a backyard will be turning our attention to the perennial question – what to do the detritus and how to bring out the Eden we’d love to have. For many, gardening can provide sanctuary from the city, offering a playground for green thumbs. However, for those of us that don’t have a green thumb, the backyard can turn into a space that is under used and a little over grown. (Worth a look - Top Ten Garden Centres in Toronto).
For the families with little ones, getting them off of their electronic devices can present an opportunity to more fully use the backyard…the ‘Sport Court’ is becoming more popular as an alternate to the traditional patch of grass with a border of flowers. It keeps the kids outside longer, and provides a welcome attraction for playdates. It also gives them a chance to breath fresh air, work on their shots, and practice for the school team.
The ‘Sport Court’ can be configured for almost any size and shape of yard. What’s more, it can be designed for whatever sport you and the family are interested in – typically basketball, hockey, soccer, tennis, or golf. The price usually comes in at around $25 - $40 / square foot, including the base and the installation according to Sport Court. This means that a fairly modest 400 square foot installation comes in at $10-16,000. It is, admittedly, a bit of an extravagance…there are a multitude of accessible public parks and tennis courts (Ramsden, Davisville, Moore Park to name a few) and if your child is old enough to get there under their own steam it probably isn’t worth the money. However, if you have a few younger children, a sport court could be a good investment. Don’t count on recouping the cost when selling….it’s unlikely that the sport court will increase the value of your home when you resell. But if having a great space where the whole family can play ball is important, its’ definitely worth the cost of a few summer camps!