Basketball court gets much-needed facelift

Published: Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 11:23 p.m.
The Micanopy town basketball court located next to the fire station is undergoing a major facelift after more than 40 years since its last renovation.
The basketball court was built in the 1930s as a limestone base court and has played an integral part in the history of the town of Micanopy.
It was the official basketball court for Micanopy High School, which closed in the 1960s, and many competitive events were played on it.
Electric lights were installed in the 1930s so games could be played at night.
After Micanopy High School closed, the town purchased the school property and did extensive improvements to the court. A cement surface replaced the limestone and the court was made available for public use.
The resurfaced basketball court was used for city-organized dances, games and other events.
Over the years, the concrete surface began to deteriorate. Cracks appeared and the general surface became uneven, making basketball play challenging.
After many lengthy discussions, the Micanopy Town Commission decided last year to move toward a major renovation of the court. The old concrete was removed, more fill brought in, which was leveled and compacted, and new cement poured.
The project would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of several local organizations, including the Micanopy Area Recreational Cooperative, the Lewis Oil Co., and several local businesses and individuals.
If additional resources become available, the Town Commission said it hopes to make other improvements to the court and the adjoining children's playground.

Sports signups under way

Registration for softball and baseball teams is under way. Players can sign up at Town Hall during open hours, or at the Micanopy ballpark from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Fees are $35 per child.
Children ages 5 to 16 can sign up for softball, and the age requirement for baseball players is 5 to 15.
Call 466-4650 for more information.

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