LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - One of Lafayette's premier parks has been without basketball goals all this month and now the city is trying to work to get them back and take it a step further.
Those goals at Columbian Park have been gone all this month, because of complaints of unruly behavior from neighbors. Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski says it was a fight that happened on Scott Street on June 26 , was the last major incident to warrant taking down the goals.
"Quite frankly, you can't let things like the Zoo Run or Hike with your Hound or the Colt World Series get ruined because of things going on in the park," Roswarski said.
Roswarski says the city has had several cases of similar behavior at other basketball courts, but with a potential danger in a vital neighborhood, that's when the city had to step in.
"You can't let all those other community attributes get ruined because of what's happening at one basketball goal," said Roswarski. "That's a decision that I made and I stand by that."
Roswarski says there have not been any complaints of problems since the goals were taken down, he is still working to help that neighborhood be safer and the city a better place to live.
"We're going to have to get other people involved," Roswarski said. "We don't have the money or the resources to keep a policeman or park security at that basketball court non stop, or every time somebody's playing come over there."
Roswarski says by working with schools, churches and the Boys and Girls Club, he hopes to influence kids to become better citizens.
"We have to help them set those boundaries and goals and there has to be consequences when you don't meet them," said Roswarski. "Government can't do all of that, that's got to be done by family, friends, maybe that special teacher."
And leaders within the community are willing to help in the mayor's goals.
"I don't want to see our community accept any less standards or expectations than what we do," Executive Director of the Lyn Treece Boys and Girls Club Barry Richard said. "It's a great community and we all should be very proud of it."
"We would love to partner with the mayor and his team and any other groups," said Director of Community Ministries at Faith Church. "Whether it's church groups, or local organizations who are wanting and desiring to solve some of these problems in the community."
Mayor Roswarski says he hopes to have the goals re-installed in the spring of next year, but says the complaints come back, the goals will remain down.
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