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An errant basketball hit a sprinkler and caused brief flooding at the fitness center

GRAPHIC PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - A sign, some caution tape and a few spots of disrepair are what indicated to the public that half of the fitness center court was off limits until repairs could be made.

On July 8, two local kids were playing basketball on the courts at Chehalem Park & Recreation District's new fitness center. Through circumstances that have not been disclosed by CPRD, a basketball broke off one of the sprinklers mounted adjacent to the court on the underside of the running track, sending water pouring down onto the hardwood.

Authorities and Servpro were called to the scene immediately and the water was shut off after much of it had pooled on the northwest corner of the basketball court. The act by the two young boys was determined not to be malicious and neither faces any kind of legal recourse, according to CPRD spokeswoman Kat Ricker.

Servpro took a number of measures to dry out the facility, including removing some trim on the perimeter of the court and employing fans and other drying agents. CPRD shut the court off to public use until it was re-opened on Monday. It will now wait on word from its insurance company and plans to wait on treatment of the potential damage until the floor is due for refinishing.

Ricker said the damage shouldn't be "too bad," but may well be expensive for the park district to repair. Either way, there will be action taken to prevent incidents like this from happening in the future. Namely, protecting the sprinklers from the dangers of wayward basketballs.

"The district is going to replace the cages that protect all of the sprinklers in the fitness area," Ricker said. "We will put in sprinkler cages that are more heavy duty."

The two boys will not have their memberships to CPRD revoked, and any further punishment will be left up to their parents, Ricker said. Still, the incident creates an inconvenience for CPRD in the early months of the court's public use.

The renovated fitness center opened in February after months of anticipation, a project led by former parks official Jim McMaster, who retired soon after. During the lead-up to the opening, McMaster was particularly proud of the quality of the basketball court put in.

More information on the court and the times it will be open can be found at For now, the court is open for member use.

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