Neighborhood calls foul on basketball goals

Posted on: 5:46 pm, September 7, 2012, by , updated on: 06:31pm, September 7, 2012


EDMOND, Okla. — The fight over basketball goal posts in an Edmond community has some residents furious.

Some have to move basketball hoops that have been in the same spot for the past 15 years.

After a complaint, the City of Edmond issued a letter to homeowners who had the goals in front of their property.

It states the hoops violate two codes:

  • Having a dangerous object in the right of way
  • A breach of parking rules

But Gerald Durr said his goal was within guidelines.

He said it’s a focal point for many who live on Ridge Rd.

Dolores Anthony likes to sit and watch neighborhood kids hoop around.

“I just think that it’s a real shame that in a cul-de-sac where we hardly have any traffic, the children can’t play basketball,” Anthony said. “That’s better than being inside watching TV or being on their phones.”

Durr said he thinks the call for removal is out of bounds.

He continues, “We’re going to lose all of our rights and we’re going to lose our neighborhoods. What’s next? I’ve seen homeowner’s associations banning flags and other things. Where does it stop?”

Attorney David Slane gave a legal perspective.

“Homeowners associations and cities have the right to regulate public and private areas like that,” Slane said. “But behind that there probably needs to be some common sense and I would think the City of Edmond has a whole lot of things to do other than issuing tickets to people who have basketball goals.”

Edmond officials tell us the code is clear and it’s a safety issue.

They also said they mailed other letters to a host of residents about other violations as well.

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