Grove City officials continue to grapple with the issue of youths shooting baskets at hoops in the right of way.

Grove City officials continue to grapple with the issue of youths shooting baskets at hoops in the right of way.

The issue came up for discussion at the April 22 City Council meeting, and now Deputy City Administrator Michael J. Wasylik has composed a letter to be sent to as many as 100 homes where not only hoops but other sporting equipment is located in public streets.

The following is the text of that letter from Wasylik, who is also the public safety director:

It finally appears that spring and warmer weather are here to stay. With this seasonal change, we must be conscious that many more children are outside and that many more motorists are also out and about the community.

Our staff, as always, is very concerned about the safety of everyone but even more so during the warmer months. We are seeing more and more children playing in the streets. Basketball hoops and or soccer/hockey goals can be seen on many neighborhood streets.

This elevates our concerns for the safety of all children, motorists and vehicles parked in the area.

The City of Grove City is requesting that all residents focus upon the safety of their respective neighborhoods and is asking for the following voluntary compliance:

Please be certain that the children do not play in the streets.

Basketball hoops and the soccer goals should remain in your yards or driveways.

The City may be exploring two options to ensure the public safety of all neighborhoods.

First, the Parks and Recreation Department is reviewing our neighborhoods to identify which areas may be lacking a nearby basketball court.

Secondly, ordinances do exist that prohibit obstacles in the public right of way.

A newer ordinance, more specific to prohibiting play and/or recreational items in the street, may be considered.

I know that we all share this same goal, the safety of our children. Please talk to your neighbors, friends and children about the dangers of playing in the streets. Contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 277-3050 if you have ideas on a court location that could help your area.

The City of Grove City values your input.

Have an enjoyable and safe outdoor season.