Fayetteville neighbors 'cry foul' over basketball goals near streets
Posted August 28, 2013
Fayetteville, N.C. — 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."
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.