Asphalt tennis, basketball, roller, and street hockey courts have bedeviled public works departments for decades. Even with regular maintenance, most crack over time and require reconstruction. It’s too late for corrective action by the time the surface begins to affect play or impact safety.

Until recently, facility owners have had to make short-term repairs instead of implementing long-term solutions. Unfortunately, a band-Aid approach is often counterproductive. Owners spend valuable time, effort, and money on quick fixes when those resources could be better applied toward a permanent solution.

Fortunately, new reconstruction technologies are available that meet a wide range of criteria and budgets.

This chart (Repair AND reconstruction alternatives for asphalt tennis, basketball, and street hockey courts) will help you sort through the solutions.

Obviously, each project is unique and should be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the owner as well as a professional specializing in athletic facilities. The cost estimates presented here will vary, depending on the severity of the defect, facility location, and chosen methodology.

Thomas Miller is president of PPD Design LLC, a consulting firm in Moorestown, N.J., specializing in sports fields, parks, and athletic facilities. E-mail Visit