12 On Your Side: No lights on at local basketball court

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, April 16, 2012

GROVETOWN, Ga. -- Some Grovetown residents say city officials dropped the ball when they fixed up a local recreational center. Now they want someone to shine the light onto the problem of no lights on a basketball court.

City leaders did not install lights on the basketball court when they spent $220,000 making improvements to Goodale Park last year. There are lights on the baseball field and tennis court, but there are none on the basketball court.

Haywood Thompson says about 50 to 100 young men gather on the basketball court every night to play ball.

"To have a facility like this and not have proper lighting, it's like kind of disappointing," he said.

Erick Davis says the city shot an airball when it didn't install lights on the court. He's been jumping through hoops to get something done about it, but so far he's only succeeded in getting the lights from the tennis court slanted into the direction of the basketball court. He says the lights from the tennis court only blind players, which makes it just as dangerous as the unlit side of the court.

"When you are on the court running up and down, it's very dangerous you can barely see the ball. You can barely see the goals," he said.

Michael Woods with the city of Grovetown says money was never allotted in the first place for lights on the court.

"There was no money for lights," he said.

Woods says the city expects to receive up to $500,00 for parks and recreations over the next five years. He says he will consider adding lights but adding a multi-purpose field to Goodale is a priority.

"Lets have a basketball facility that people can enjoy in the community," Davis said.

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