Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Basketball Court (Part III)

With steps and jumps and jarring stops, Dan's basketball court is gradually coming along.

The contractor broke ground last week at the future site of the basketball court, and the hole (which will eventually be the foundation for the court) has been growing steadily over the past couple of days.  

At the time of writing, about 15% of the site has been excavated.  The ground is so hard that the builders are using pick-axes, not shovels, to hack at the dry, shellacked clay.  Progress has been slow, but we're excited to see that the digging has begun.  

A hole at the corner of the court
Digging the outline of the court
The outline of the foundation, facing the upper classrooms of the secondary school...
... and the current scope of the excavation, as seen from the opposite direction

Once the ground has been completely excavated to a depth of 20 centimeters, it will be filled with bricks, sand, and crumbled rocks.  The posts and backboards (already under construction) can then be inserted at either end of the field.  After the foundation and posts have been completed, the contractor can finally lay rebar and start to pour cement.  At that point, the court will be practically ready for play.  

Stay tuned for more updates as we enter the construction phase of the basketball court project!  

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