Portable Basketball Goals Causing Controversy In Nicholasville

Some controversy tonight in one central Kentucky city, and it all has to do with basketball.

Many kids in Nicholasville are used to shooting hoops from the street. But now, some officials are questioning just how safe that is.

They say it's a safety issue. There's a proposed ordinance that could ban the goals from being placed too closed to streets.

But it seems unenforceable for now. City leaders say they're getting many complaints from drivers, who are upset with the homeowners who put up the goals, and the kids who play at them.

For now, at least, the issue of safety is left with the kids and their parents.

Nicholasville city commissioners say the proposed ordinance will likely come up again at a future meeting, but they're not sure when.


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  • by Dee Location: Nicholasville on Jan 25, 2008 at 12:10 PM
    Even though taxpayer money pays for the streets, it does not mean each taxpayer has a right for their children to play in the street. Where's the common sense?What's next-people setting up BBQ grills and lawn furniture and partying in the streets just because they want to? Streets were built for vehicles to move about from place to place. Driveways and backyards are for children to play in with the supervision of their parents. Any parent who purposely lets their children play on a busy street is just plain irresponsible. They are also the first ones to sue someone if their child gets hit by a car. People need to get over this "me" attitude and start to think of how their actions affect others.
  • by Nick Location: Nicholasville on Jan 21, 2008 at 07:05 AM
    James you are incorrect. The road is for driving. You apparently haven't seen how some of these goals are set up, they are out in the road. You have to dodge the kids all down the street.
  • by James Location: Rowan on Jan 18, 2008 at 08:50 AM
    NO, its up to the hot roders to slow down and protect the children. Its up to the police to slow them down. Evidently they are no doing anything. Do the drivers making the complaints even live in the neighborhoods?

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