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Overview from DPR Basketball Meeting (Tournament is On) and Thoughts on DPR

March 9, 2018

On Wednesday March 7th, representatives from the Department of Parks and Recreation met with neighbors to discuss the annual Ty Hop Basketball Tournament. The basketball tournament has been held at the rec center since 2002, with no tournament in 2016. It was clear from the start that DPR is committed to continuing the tournament, but are open to feedback on days of the week, times, and length of the tournament (six weeks instead of 8 weeks?). Unlike years past, this year they are focusing the tournament for ages 15 years and younger instead of ages 24-40.

DPR has stated that they will organize a follow up meeting in 3-4 weeks to continue to work with the community on additional details for the tournament.

As in years past, the meeting centered on the need for a public safety plan in the community and concerns about gun violence. This is something that all in attendance who spoke up stressed — whether they were in favor of the tournament or not. Disappointingly, while MPD officers attended the meeting, they largely observed and offered very little, event when asked directly for their input.

The meeting, which began at 7 pm and wrapped up around 8:30 or so, was at times heated and emotional — with some citing the tournament as a valuable experience that helps bring people together and break down racism and bias — to others expressing concern that directly or indirectly gun violence has occurred around and near the rec center during tournament times and that no one should have to teach their children to duck and cover — and others still expressing that the tournament has a long history in the neighborhood and that those who have moved to the neighborhood need to accept that this is part of the community and to not push it out.

In my opinion, DPR can do a better job when it comes to working with the community to organize events. Here are three areas where I believe DPR has dropped the ball.

  1. An annual basketball tournament is fine and should be a community building event, however DPR continues to strike me as focusing only on being responsible for what happens on their property and relying on the community or MPD to control what occurs off their property. Technically, this may be where the responsibilities are, but we need to have a collaborative and integrated public safety approach for events that draw larger numbers of participants for longer periods of time. This is no different than other large events in the city whether it be the Funk Parade or a city festival.
  2. DPR repeatedly stated the longevity of the tournament as its justification for its continuation. As the tournament continues to have a large number of participants I can agree a basketball tournament still has value. However, the neighborhood has also changed a lot since 2002 when the tournament first began. Park View is far more diverse with many young families that equally value other activities. DPR needs to change and adapt along with the community — meaning that basketball should no longer be the only event at the Rec Center. Today the Rec Center needs to do this with a diverse summer program of actives. I don’t see DPR taking the lead on this.
  3. DPR needs to listen. Neighbors do advocate for activities they would like to see at the Rec Center in addition to what is offered now. For the past couple of years parents have repeatedly asked for the small children’s pool to open earlier on Saturday, and I sent Directer Anderson a letter to that effect from ANC1A last year. Similarly, when former Mayor Fenty and Councilember Graham first proposed to renovate Park View Rec Center’s baseball field with a new artificial turf baseball field in 2010, I pointed out that no one in the neighborhood played baseball and led neighbors to push for neighborhood servicing improvements which were delivered in 2012. DPR’s failure to listen before they make decisions sets up a contentious and divisive process before their first conversations with the community even occur. This needs to stop.

Ultimately we need a DPR that is a true community partner. One that is responsive, one that is engaged, and one that values the diverse and ever changing needs of every neighborhood.

Annual Ty Hop Basketball Tournament Scheduled to Start on June 24th

May 21, 2013

As you can see from the flyer below, the annual Ty Hop Basketball Tournament is schedule to start on June 24th and run through August 9th. This is at least a week shorter than last years tournament. Also, like last year, games are scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Park View Recreation Center. I’m sure more details will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
Ty Hop Tournament

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

July 2, 2012

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 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).


Annual Ty Hop Basketball Tournament to Begin on June 6 @ Park View Recreation Center

June 3, 2011

The Annual Ty Hope Basketball Tournament held at the Park View Rec Center will begin this coming Monday, June 6th. This year’s tournament will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with the first game at 6:30 p.m. and the second game at 7:30 p.m. The games should generally be over by 9 p.m.

There are fourteen teams competing this year. To find out who plays when, click on the image to the right to see the schedule through July 15th. The second half of the schedule should be available around July 1st.

Those wanting to know more about the tournament can contact the site staff — Zakyia Brown & JaMar Goodall — at 202-576-5750. DPR Manager for Wards 1 & 2, Vaughn Jones, can also be reached at 202-673-7612.


Basketball Court Refurbished at Park View Recreation Center

May 24, 2011

New portable bleachers have been added on the west side of the basketball court

In preparation for an active summer, the basketball court at the Park View Recreation Center has been resurfaced and new bleachers have been added for spectators.

With more permanent renovations planned for the athletic field, the work being done on the basketball court is intended to last for the most immediate seasons. The upgrades to the court includes:

  • Resurfacing of court surface;
  • New bleacher seating;
  • New goals; and
  • A portable scoreboard.

Resurfaced court at Park View


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