Basketball Tournament Scheduled for Park View Rec — Community Meeting Scheduled for June 13th

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPT) currently plans to return the annual Ty Hopkins tournament to the Park View Recreation Center this year. While no tournament was organized in 2016, it has become an annual event from 2002 through 2015.

In response to concerns raised by neighbors concerning issues including amplified music, trash management, impact on parking, and the overall size of the planned tournament, the DPR Roving Leaders will hold a community meeting Tuesday, June 13th from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm to discuss the tournament. The meeting will be held at the Park View Recreation Center, 693 Otis Place, NW.

The current schedule shared by DPR is for an 8 week tournament to begin on June 26th and end on August 18th with games played on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Three games are to be scheduled for each night beginning at 6:30 pm and ending at 11 pm. Games will be held at Raymond Recreation Center on rainy evenings.

(Action at the 2014 Ty Hop tournament.)

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5 Comments on “Basketball Tournament Scheduled for Park View Rec — Community Meeting Scheduled for June 13th”

  1. JM Says:

    Having the games last to 11 is bad news. That means noise & yelling to midnight most weeknights.

  2. HiItsNino Says:

    Every year they have had this, its the same thing. The community already determined that it is inappropriate to hold this at a small neighborhood rec center, and that it would be more appropriate at Banneker.

    What they will do, it change the end time from 11:00 to 10:00 and agree to keep the music low, and everyone is supposed to be happy because that is a compromise.

  3. JR Says:

    I’m happy that the Roving Leaders and DPR are having a meeting to discuss the concerns of the community. There is history behind why this basketball tournament is played at Parkview Rec Center. Let’s be informed on the history, before we jump to conclusions on the logistics of the tournament. We are a community that should work together to make OUR community better and respect the history of THIS community.

    • neighbor Says:

      Your view of “respecting the history” implies giving up entirely for the summer on “taking small children to their neighborhood playground after 6pm, i.e. after picking them up from camp/daycare, so the kids can play when the weather is cooling a bit and can build friendships with the diverse neighborhood’s small kids, while their parents build community.”

      And giving up on that so that people from all over the area, mostly outside of DC, some of which once lived in the neighborhood, can park illegally, leave trash everywhere, smoke weed in public, and, occasionally, shoot firearms (e.g. the killing a block away from the tournament shortly after the end of that night’s games in August 2014, in a manner eerily similar to the homicide the whole tournament purports to commemorate. And there are many more examples of associated violence conveniently forgotten).

      I’m ok with honoring the neighborhood’s history, with the late-night loud music, the littering, and the violence, but for a couple of days a year, not for the whole flipping summer.

  4. mbk Says:

    The DC, amplified music, trash everywhere and dozens of cars from MD parking all over the street is a nightmare all summer. This is NOT a community tournament, this is a citywide (and MD too) tournament. All games need to end by nine, no DJ or music (unless you want to hear the N word on blast across the street all night which happened last year until I complained), parking enforcement and DPR must clean the trash up immediately after the games, not the next day (which they don’t do anyway). The original intent of this tournament is admirable but it has deviated from that completely. Park View rec does not have the capacity to host a tournament of this size and impact for the entire summer. Two year ago, DPR made some management improvements and only held the tournament for 4 weeks. Why they are bringing it back twice as long and later than ever is questionable. Raymond Rec actually has parking and fewer adjacent residents.


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