10th Annual Ty Hop Basketball Tournament Stumbles — DPR Miscommunication Causes Anger
This year’s Ty Hop Basketball Tournament got off to a shaky start. Held annually at the Park View Recreation Center for a decade, as it has grown and become more successful, so has community tensions. The chief areas of concern continue to be:
- the amplified level of music and commentary on the public address system;
- stress on area parking as the tournament attracts many spectators from outside the neighborhood and city; and,
- effective trash management both at the rec center and on surrounding streets.
Last year, DPR agreed that the tournament would be held three times a week (M,W,F) and that sound levels would be monitored. This worked out reasonable well. Similarly, DPR agreed to adhere to the same schedule and limitations as last year during the 2012 season. Sadly, this did not start out to be the case. The 2012 season kicked off on June 25th with a plan to host the tournament on every night of the week, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The tournament generally lasts for 8 weeks.
After many residents questioned the amplified sound level, tournament schedule, and lack of parking for residents, DPR Director Aguirre confirmed that the schedule in 2012 was identical to that used in 2011. Sadly, in communicating this information down to the tournament participants, the message was garbled and they were informed that the tournament was cancelled.
This is not true! The tournament is still on.
To help clear the air, accurately inform the community, and get the tournament back on track, a community meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 3rd, starting at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at the Park View Recreation Center.
There are many concerns that need to be addressed at this meeting — but I think the most significant issue is how DPR managed to screw this up so badly. Communication within DPR completely broke down. The accepted schedule for the tournament at the director level was completely different than the one that the recreation center was using. Furthermore, information that was sent to email@example.com was not held in confidence by DPR staff, showing a complete failure of protocol that borders on criminal. Lastly, the miscommunication that the tournament was cancelled (when it hadn’t been) angered many youth and likely led to the large amount of graffiti/tagging that hit Park View late Thursday and early Friday (June 28/29).Community Meetings, Department of Parks and Recreation comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.