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Fayetteville neighbors 'cry foul' over basketball goals near streets

Posted August 28, 2013

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— North Carolina loves its basketball, so, it's no surprise to see goals popping up along the sides of neighborhood streets.

In Fayetteville, however, some people are calling a foul on shooting hoops in the road.

Wade Evans, who lives on Rock Canyon Drive in Fayetteville's Foxfire subdivision, says the basketball goal and post in his neighborhood had to be removed after someone living on a neighboring street complained.

Fayetteville city ordinance prohibits basketball goals on or near a street if it would mean someone going into the street during a game. Violators can be fined $100 a day.

Since last January, the city received 130 complaints about basketball goals along the sides of streets. The city sent 85 violation notices and only issued one fine.

But Evans, 48, says the basketball goals help provide neighborhood children with exercise and keeps them out of trouble.

In his neighborhood, he says, blocking traffic isn't an issue.

"When they see a car coming, whether it's coming from either direction, they'll stop playing ball," he said. "They'll greet the people, and then once the cars pass, they'll go back to playing ball again."

Wade Evans Neighbors tip off city to illegal hoops

Antonio James, 35, lives just down the street from where the goal had to be removed. He says safety is a concern.

"I mean, cars would be coming through here. Sometimes they don't stop at the stop sign. They'll be flying through here, and then they got to hit the brakes."

Many residents and police alike say basketball goals are a testament to the city's need for children to have more places to hang out.

Fayetteville police declined an interview, but Chief Harold Medlock said in a community meeting Tuesday night that he opposes the ordinance, and that the city needs to offer kids more places to play.

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  • dwpmgg Aug 30, 2013

    I agree, as someone that grew up and still lives in Fayetteville. Foxfire has being doing its best to 'clean' up the neighborhood. It is not about the kids not being able to dribble the ball at whatever time they please. I live in Hope Mills and children enjoy playing. But like Hollylama said. They could stand to use more Activities that are free to young children so we can keep them active in the correct way.

  • mautry Aug 29, 2013

    put up a goal and they will come

  • hollylama Aug 29, 2013

    I grew up in Foxfire so I think I can comment on this issue. The issue is not the goals IT IS the fact that the children see cars coming and are very slow to move...not all but some.

    The interesting fact is that Westover High School is located on Bonanza (towards the front of Foxfire). There's a recreation center adjacent to the school and several basketball goals.

    As someone who grew up in Fayetteville, with the influx of soldiers and their families from BRAC I think more recreation centers are needed and in general just more parks. The park system that Raleigh has is stellar.

  • buckskin022 Aug 29, 2013

    When I was a kid we played in the street all the time, because it was the only place to play. We always watched for traffic and moved when we need to.

  • justcommonsense Aug 29, 2013

    In my guy's old neighborhood you had to stop and wait for them to move out of the way. Then they glared at you as though you were the one in the wrong. We watched them one day as they were standing next to the road in the grass. Then as soon as a car turned in and was approaching, they ran out and started playing. Taking their sweet time passing the ball, fake passing and darting etc.

    These were the same ones who would walk right down the middle of the street after getting off the bus, instead of walking to one side or the other. No sirree, had to string out 5-6 across and flip you off if they had to move for traffic to go through.

    Yes, they can use their driveways, or the parents can get together to create a place for them to gather. But then of course, it needs to be monitored to avoid the gang,drug hangout situations that caused a lot of the "parks" to close.

  • daisy Aug 29, 2013

    I clear my driveway out so my little ones can ride their bikes in the driveway. I don't understand why these kids can't do the same.

    The kids in my neighborhood take their sweet time getting out of the way of cars and when they do, they stand so close to the road I am scared I am going to hit one of them. Play ball, just do it safely. I would think they would not want to have to stop playing for the cars anyway.

  • HDStreetGlide Aug 29, 2013

    "When they see a car coming, whether it's coming from either direction, they'll stop playing ball," he said. "They'll greet the people, and then once the cars pass, they'll go back to playing ball again." Yeah right, they darn you to hit them so they can sue you... People you don't play in the streets, it's for driving on by cars... Go build you a court to play on!!! Have some common sense!!!

  • bluecanary Aug 29, 2013

    I would think that with all the crime and violence in this town, we'd have bigger things to worry about. At least kids playing basketball are doing something with their time other than breaking into houses or shooting each other in the parking lot of the club.

  • brad1300busa Aug 28, 2013

    Well in the late 80's and 90's Fayetteville closed alot of neighborhood parks that had basketball goels and did not provide a place for kids to place thats one reason crime is high ( too much time on their hands). Alos the relocatable goals that you can put away when done are not getting stored after playing and are left in the street. Like on my street after dark you have to dodge three goals every night and the goals have no kind of safety markings at all. I personally dont have a problem with street ball as long as the goals are not left in the street.