Basketball court sinking in Elizabeth City

13News Now Philip Townsend has the story

ELIZABETH CITY, NC (WVEC)---Draining a shot comes with a different set of challenges at Dog Corner Park in Elizabeth City.
 
Basketball players like Joel Taylor have to dodge puddles and avoid uneven concrete before driving to the basket for a layup.
 
"There are cracks all along the way."
 
For some people, the court isn't playable.
 
"It's not safe," Taylor said.
 
It may surprise you to hear that the court is only four years old.
 
According to officials in Elizabeth City, the court was built on poor soil, and the south end of it is slowly sinking into the ground.
 
It can't support the concrete.
 
"It would be good to see the court back in good condition," said Taylor.
 
Council is considering building a new court that wouldn't sink into the ground and crack. 
 
However, it could cost twice as much as the city's original investment.
 
"This area is very special to the kids," said resident Tony Sawyer. "We need to do what we need to do to keep it in good standing."
 
According to the county's master plan, the area has only five outdoor basketball courts, even though current demand calls for eight.
 
After a vote last week, council is in the process of designing a new court. But the funding has not been approved to move forward with construction.

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