Vandalism ruined Chickasaw Park's new basketball court days before it was set to open

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A $14,000 basketball court at Chickasaw Park was destroyed less than 24 hours after it was finished. A large amount of white paint was splattered at center court with more white splatters stretching from end to end.

Regular park visitors were disappointed and say the vandalism is disgraceful.

“I don't know what possessed someone to do this,” said Gerald Edwards.

The new custom basketball court was set to open to the public in a few days, but now signs that say the court is closed will remain up for at least another week.

“I was angry and upset,” said Jason Williams.

When the paint was found Wednesday morning, workers immediately tried to wash it off -- even using a power washer.

“You can see here, blasting it, it’s now rougher. Over here you can feel the rubber on it that's the rubber of what the court was but now those areas are going to have to be patched,” said Metro Parks Deputy Director Marty Storch.

The rubber, which is what makes the court so unique, was ripped up by the power washer.

“I don't think we have anything in the city that compares to this court. This is the first outdoor, rubber-rise basketball court in the City of Louisville,” said basketball court contractor Joseph Scott.

A court like this is expensive and the cost for repair is about $4,500. Leaving it as is, is not an option.

“The people that are playing basketball here deserve better than that. It would be a constant reminder that someone did something malicious,” said Storch.

The court is often packed with kids on the weekend, a sight Edwards is ready to see again.

“I just want to get the kids something to do. You know get guys off the streets, something for them to do instead of running the streets all day long,” said Edwards.

Park officials are working with Louisville Metro Police to find the vandals.

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