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Project Blacktop

Turning patches into pitches

Bringing the beautiful game to recess...

After succeeding in turning an unused patch of blacktop into a futsal court at Col. Summers Park, OPI created a new initiative to spread soccer into schoolyards alongside kickball, basketball, and hopscotch.  

In 2016, we built futsal courts on existing blacktop at three Portland-area schools:  Arleta, Astor, and Lent. They feature freshly patched and seal-coated asphalt, long-life court lines, and full size goals. 

As with Col. Summers, the projects run in the $6,000 range and serve as models for reviving unused asphalt in our area's parks and schools. Projects like this can be deployed quickly with achievable fundraising and can be done anywhere.

Know of an unused piece of blacktop in your area? Think it might make a great futsal court? Let us know.

Col. Summers Park

In October 2014, OPI partnered with Portland Parks Foundation and Portland Parks and Recreation as part of its annual Parke Diem event to convert an unused piece of blacktop in Col. Summers Park to a futsal court. This full-size futsal court is features freshly patched and seal coated asphalt, long-life court lines, fencing on 3 sides, full size goals, and shade from a massive sycamore tree to keep things cool.

OPI hopes that this $6,000 project will serve as a model for adding life to unused asphalt throughout our City's parks and schools. Projects like this can be deployed quickly with achievable fundraising. 

Know of an unused piece of blacktop in your area? Think it might make a great futsal court? Let us know.