No hoops for CFJ Park

By Matt Porter

October 9, 2013 Updated Oct 9, 2013 at 9:23 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) There were no fast breaks, jump shots, or free throws this week at C. Fred Johnson Park.

The park's four basketball hoops loomed without nets over quiet courts.

Johnson City mayor Greg Deemie said he removed the nets last week because a group of teenagers were fighting and leaving the park a mess every night.

"They're also leaving litter all over the park, it was just a total mess down there," Deemie said.

But when the nets disappeared, not everyone was happy.

George Johnson, of Binghamton, said you shouldn't rob everyone of the hoops because of a few.

"Kids need something to do in every area and I think it was a mistake," Johnson said.

Other like Rosemary Taylor, of Johnson City, applauded the mayor at making the move.

"They collect there. I've seen it, I live locally," Taylor said. "They definitely attract the wrong element. It's unfortunate."

Deemie said the decision to temporarily take down the nets is meant to send a message.

"If you want to use our parks, use our parks. But, you've got to use it with everybody else down there," he said.

Other parks in the village still have their hoops.

Deemie said he doesn't plan to touch them as long as no other groups cause trouble.

But he is prepared to take down the nets for the entire winter if groups continue to abuse the parks.

"I don't like doing it, but I've got to do something," Deemie said. "I can't just let this continue. We've got to be able to use our parks, and take our parks back."

The mayor said the nets in CFJ will be back up Saturday.

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