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Normally, we're very serious at The Concrete Network about the practical and aesthetic benefits of using concrete. But there are times when you shouldn't take concrete so seriously, because the material has plenty of recreational uses as well. Here are six ways to put more fun in your life with concrete, from a backyard basketball court to an indoor slide.

Right on Cue

Who says pool has to be played indoors, confined to a basement or rec room? The latest trend is to move the pool table outdoors, onto the lawn, with concrete serving as the decorative base. This outdoor pool table has become the centerpiece of the homeowner's backyard, providing both outdoor recreation and ornamentation.

Concrete Slide

Made of concrete, this spiraling slide is the transportation mode of choice for the 5-year-old living in the home, leading from his bedroom on the second floor to the dining room on the first floor. Read more about this unusual home.

Concrete Game Courts

Concrete slabs can easily be converted into game courts for basketball or tennis with the application of a rubberized coating for cushioning. Learn more about backyard sports courts and the proper dimensions to make them for various games.

Indoor Tree House

The highlight of this three-story game room is a concrete tree house with a built-in slide and a large knothole for a TV. A stairway inside leads up to the attic.

Concrete Scrabble Board

Outdoor scrabble anyone? There's no need to pull out the game board in this backyard. This super-sized 5-foot scrabble board was made by pouring concrete into a wood frame, and then scoring it into small squares.


For shuffleboard games, you simply need a smooth, flat surface that is 6 feet wide and 39 feet long. Pour a concrete slab, and then stain or paint the various sections of the court the appropriate colors. Photo provided by Guy Blank Concrete in La Grange, KY.