Approval given for return of basketball goals

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 08:46 PM

The Henderson-Vance Parks and Recreation Commission hopes Jackson Park users have learned a lesson.

Basketball goals will be re-installed on Tuesday and access to the basketball court will again be open. Recreation director Alan Gill announced the decision Thursday at the commission’s monthly meeting.

Last month, the commission voted to take down goals for one month due to reports of inappropriate behavior and profanity by kids during school hours.

“Guidelines and expectations for usage will be posted up as well,” Gill said. “If they can’t follow the rules this time they will be taken down longer.”

Also during the meeting, commission members discussed plans for restoring tennis as a valued sport in Vance County schools and at the recreation center.

Representatives of the U.S. Tennis Association came from Greensboro to share ideas on how to start sustainable programs.

“Kids have so many choices these days,” said Mary Barbera, director of marketing at USTA North Carolina. “If we don’t make it fun then they won’t stay involved.”

Amy Franklin, director of community development, outreach and training at USTA North Carolina, and Barbera presented the commission with ideas for grants that will build courts, and provide training for youth and coaches.

“We desperately need some courts in Vance County,” commission member George Watkins said.

Commissioners decided to rally support from the school system before pursuing any USTA funding.


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