10th Annual Ty Hop Basketball Tournament Stumbles — DPR Miscommunication Causes Anger

This sign announcing the need for a community meeting has been posted on the recreation center’s door.

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 dpr@dc.gov 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).


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12 Comments on “10th Annual Ty Hop Basketball Tournament Stumbles — DPR Miscommunication Causes Anger”

  1. mb Says:

    Its definitely worse this year. I have never seen so many illegally parked cars from MD. this is no longer a “community event” when spectators from MD are driving in. This event is too loud and too large to be hosted at a small neighborhood rec center. Its time for DPR to move this Bruce Monroe park on GA avenue. That park is four times as large with a parking lot and is located on a major thoroughfare for all the MD drivers. DPR could easily bring in lights at Bruce Monroe. The park is essentially unusable to folks to who are not participating in the tournament.

  2. AbS Says:

    I want to love this event, but the total lack of parking, the increased amount of vandalism and tagging (poor Rock Creek Market is completely covered!) and the noise from not just the event but the people leaving the event and going back to their cars (they stand around their cars yelling and talking) seems to be too much for our neighborhood. Is there a better location for this event with more parking etc.? I don’t want to advocate for an end to it, just for it to be moved to a more appropriate location.

  3. Clayton Says:

    I think the event is great. It makes the neighborhood more lively and helps show us off. I smile everytime I hear the crowd having a good time.

    It sounds like the communication was poor, but I would not consider that unusual for DC Govt. Saying the release of information sent to a DC Govt e-mail address was criminal is a bit over the top.

    What we need at this event is some enforcement. How about some parking tickets and citations for littering. Similarly, DPR should have some trash crews picking up trash.

    How about some of the kids from ParkView Kids Zone. The same kids that came to my door hitting me up to mow my lawn are the kids I see dropping litter on the sidewalks and in the alleys. If they have to pick up a little, the will think twice.

    As the neighborhood continues to evolve and more housing is built on Georgia Ave, the parking situation is going to get worse. We need to demand some enforcement.

  4. mb Says:

    I would argue that the PArk View kids zone kids are the least likely to be littering. They are busy and active in the community most evenings. Its the older teens and 20 somethings, usually the ones perched on the retaining wall all hours of the night that I see throwing food containers on the ground. I don’t even think they live in the neighborhood. Even more reason to move this event to another park.

  5. as Says:

    PVKZ does help pick up trash around this neighborhood all the time. The kids are not trying to “hit” anyone up for money. They are participating in a program that is teaching them how to run a business, how to budget and save money, and how to have work ethic. We are always working on them about taking responsibility for their neighborhood and being considerate towards others. They aren’t perfect, but they have come a long way. Please before you start to criticize the youth take a second to educate yourself. You’re welcome to also pick up trash.

  6. JulesONprinceton Says:

    I am glad that this was posted. I am generally supportive of this event. However, late Thursday night/early Friday morning my brand new fence was tagged with graffiti. I don’t know why I was singled out. The police confirmed that this was the same person who tagged the rec center. I am very upset and will be at the meeting.

  7. AbS Says:

    I am also sorry that DPR’s poor communication has angered so many people, but if this event is attracting the type of kids who will tag people’s homes and businesses because they are upset, then I would prefer this event be elsewhere. And I do not think it was the Park View Kids Zone kids. The amount of tagging we have seen this month is a more recent problem and I believe coming from people outside the neighborhood.

  8. mb Says:

    Does DPR keep any records of where the kids live who participate in the tournament? I was always under the impression it was for neighborhood kids. I think the number needs to be limited to just kids in the immediate parkview and petworth areas. Additionally, they should be required to nightly pick up trash at the park and surrounding block as part of their participation.

  9. Jeff Says:

    The music and speaker noise is unacceptable… plain and simple. Every basketball night it’s the same thing… how many times do we have to say the same thing? Enough is enough. Basketball is fine…but the loud (and obnoxious) music and speaker (aka yelling in the speaker) is NOT!

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