I guess I’ll call this a “microtrend”, but I’ve now seen 2 neighbors (and a 3rd coming) put in sport courts in their backyards. There are lots of companies that do this, but it’s essentially a flat surface with a basketball hoop and some lights.
This seems much more practical than a pool which is often a fad and kids stop using it after a few years. (And requires ongoing maintenance and liability.)
If you expand the sport court concept from basketball to include any sport, you can have a putting green, a basketball court, a hockey surface (non-ice), volleyball, tennis, and several others.
I guess the question is why do this? I can think of several reasons:
- Convenience (not having to go to a park)
- Safety (having kids right outside)
- Driveways aren’t flat anymore
- Developments are moving farther and farther out meaning more land per yard (and more need for destination homes where kids gather)
Is this a fad like tennis courts were in some neighborhoods in the 60’s? That’s still to be seen, but I have a friend who has had a company doing this for about 5 years.
I certainly have seen more parks going to alternative surfaces that are safer for kids that fall.