thanks to a $20 voucher from team amart all sports (click here to join), i've decided to improve my meagre stock of sporting equipment. first up was some tennis racquet over grips for my weekly-ish hits. i put the rest of the credit towards a hand pump. the pump is meant to complement my next planned purchase: a basketball that i can use to shoot some hoops, which i haven't done for ages and occasionally get an itch to do. my preliminary inquiries suggest i'd best not hold too high hopes for my townhouse body corporate approving the installation of a backboard and ring on the existing tennis court. i might try my luck anyway, or see about purchasing one of those "portable" units and asking permission to leave it on the common property. failing that, it means going for a 10-15 minute walk each way to a nearby park where i've seen a half court and ring. there's also a ring on the open grounds of a nearby church, but i'm not sure how they'd like randoms using their property... again, i could just ask...
anyways, back to the point of this entry. i wondered if there was a list somewhere that would show me which parks in brisbane have basketball facilities. after a bit of searching, i found it on the brisbane city council website. well technically it's a listing of parks by suburb, which you can scroll through / search for "basketball", or any other facility you'd like to locate (eg bbqs, playgrounds, water, toilets, rebound walls, shelter etc). access it here:
http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/parks-and-venues/parks/parks-by-suburb/index.htm. some facilities get their own listing, such as skate parks.
i was quite surprised to find that there are 3 parks within 15 minutes walk of my home with basketball facilities (including the one i already knew about, which was pretty busy the last/only time i visited). i happened to be driving near enough the other two this afternoon to swing by and scope them out, so now i'm all prepared to do some shooting. just as soon as i get a ball. until then, there's always basketball on the wii sports resort :)