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Park Board Votes to Cut Down the Nets at One Playground

Commissioners approved a measure Tuesday to remove one of the two basketball hoops at Little Wolfe Playground as a way to combat fights.

Credit: File Photo
Credit: File Photo
Oak Lawn Park Board commissioners didn't just decide to take their ball and go home Tuesday. They voted to to take a hoop with them, too.

READ: Check Out the Full Sun-Times Media Story for More Details

In a 3-2 vote, commissioners approved the removal of one of two basketball hoops from the Little Wolfe Playground as a way to stem fighting and bad language at the park, according to a Sun-Times Media report.

Residents around the playground at 107th Street and Laramie Avenue have complained that the hoop has attracted troublemakers from outside the community, citing a nearby brawl last year as an example, the report stated.

READ: Teens Claim Racial Slurs Ignited Park Skirmish, Cops Say

That brawl from August 2013 that broke out at the Wolfe Wildlife Refuge between a group of white teens and a group of black teens and left several people hurt

Taking down the hoop will eliminate full-court games, and the board might replace the remaining hoop with an adjustable one better suited for younger children, the report stated.

YOUR TURN: What do you think about the Oak Lawn Park Board's decision to remove one of the basketball hoops at Little Wolfe Playground? Share your thoughts in the comments section. 

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Michael Thomas July 17, 2014 at 11:47 AM
How do residents know if a person does not live in Oak Lawn? Anyone can afford to live there now!
kathy July 17, 2014 at 05:38 PM
There are lots of black kids living right here in Oak Lawn. This isn't a black and white issue. It's disrespectful people. Period!
RALPH MALPH July 17, 2014 at 06:32 PM
Quit bringing up race card , has nothing to do with it . If the idiots knew how to act human instead of like animals this would not be an issue
Oak Lawn Irishman July 17, 2014 at 07:16 PM
Unlike some of the other trustees, Trustee Quinlan actually listens to her constituents and follows through on their concerns. Thanks, Carol, for a job well done.
Summer July 18, 2014 at 09:55 AM
"The parks aren't as safe as they used to be", Gary Callahan told the Oak Lawn District board in August 2007. How disappointing, Gary, that this week you chose to vote against a measure that may make Wolfe Wildlife a little safer for village residents.

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