Nova Scotia

Fall River teens await basketball nets

The state of some recreation grounds in the Fall River area have young people frustrated over the lack of basketball nets.
The HRM removed the backboards and nets at the end of last year because they needed to be repaired, but eight months later the polls remain bare. (CBC)

The state of some recreation grounds in the Fall River area have young people frustrated over the lack of basketball nets.

The Halifax Regional Municipality removed the backboards and nets at the end of last year because they needed to be repaired.

Basketball players like Nolan Hanson and a few of his friends have been asking the city to put the nets back up.

Nearly eight months later, the city has not replaced the nets, leaving Hanson and his friends without a proper court to play on.

"They usually don't take them down for the winter, this is the first year I've noticed them down and I mean we're coming up on July now and we still don't have any hoops back up," Hanson told CBC News.

Hanson's friend, Jay Kelly, said the summer basketball season is slipping away.

"It's been pretty frustrating, I mean summer's almost half over, when you think about it in university terms," Kelly said.

Last week, the HRM put in new nets in Wellington but that's eight kilometres away from Fall River Village. 

That means kids without a licence who can't travel easily to Wellington, like Cameron Valardo, have to put their hoop dreams on hold.

"Here it's a five minute walk down, and five minute walk home. I can come here for a couple of hours and play," Valardo said.

The Councillor for Fall River, Barry Dalrymple, said the work will get done, but he doesn't know when.

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