GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) — A debate over a Germantown park basketball court after reports of vulgar language and littering by older children.
The city recently took the basketball goal rims down as part of a project for a new multi-purpose court. Some residents say it’s a safety issue those who want to keep them say they weren’t informed. One woman whose grandkids attends Farmington Elementary, just next door to the court, said she was saddened but not surprised by the removal.
“When I saw them playing I did say to myself ‘I wonder how long they’re going to do that’ because I observed some certain mothers giving that eye, giving that look,” said grandmother Susie Melton.
A parent said the basketball goals rims came down about two weeks ago.
“They were in a heated you know basketball game and there was a lot of vulgar language for sure,” said one concerned parent.
She says it’s a safety issue.
“I know the kids enjoy it but I know the older kids take over the basketball courts so that’s a concern for me,” said the mother.
Josh Hornsby’s son enjoys the courts and says he was not aware of the removal until it was too late.
“The neighborhood and for the most part the school, was in overwhelming majority of keeping the basketball court so a revision was made to include that with a new court and move it further away from where it is now,” said Hornsby. “Looked exciting but the removal, there is no basketball court.”
The Germantown parks director says the rims were removed as part of a renovation plan which was approved about a year ago. Those plans include a fenced in multi-purpose court closer to the soccer field.
A meeting of the parks commission is set for Wednesday.
Construction on the new court will begin once school ends and is scheduled to open during the fall.