CORAL SPRINGS, FL – After new pleas from players to keep basketball courts at Cypress Park, Coral Springs officials are going to look at options of moving at least one court to another part of the park.
In May, officials discussed replacing the courts at the park at 1301 Coral Springs Drive with eight pickleball courts at a cost of $50,000.
The consideration came after years of complaints that basketball players at the park were using profanity, smoking marijuana, and getting into fights near the park’s playground, just 75 feet from the courts.
No final decisions were made at the time, and since then, some players contacted city commissioners to encourage them to find a way to keep basketball courts at the park.
At last week’s city commission meeting, commissioners agreed to see if there are other places in the park where at least one of the courts could be moved.
Commissioner Joshua Simmons said he recently met with a group of players who have played at the park for years and don’t want to go elsewhere. After hearing their stories, he pushed the commissioners to review the options of relocating one or all the courts elsewhere in Cypress Park.
“If I pay taxes here, I want to go where I want to go,” Simmons said. “I don’t want to hear, ‘you know what, go to another park or go to this place.’”
Vice Mayor Joy Carter said she, too, is open to the idea of moving the courts to another part of the park, but she doesn’t want to keep them where they are now. There’s an under-utilized part of a parking lot in the back of the park, she said, which could be converted into at least one court.
Commissioner Larry Vignola, though, said that parking lot is often filled with cars of people playing in sports leagues, especially in the evening hours. He said he doubts one or all the courts could be moved elsewhere in the park.
“There’s no other place to put anything the size of a basketball court without removing another field or another amenity,” he said.
Vignola encouraged city staff to move the courts next to Coral Glades High School where there should be plenty of room for them.
City Manager Frank Babinec said his staff will review options of moving the courts elsewhere including Cypress Park.
Officials didn’t offer a timetable on making final decisions regarding the courts.
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