Mayor announces Flanigan Park hoops experiment

The basketball courts at Flanigan Park will be reopened from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday “for structured, organized basketball,” Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said Wednesday.

The courts there have been closed since 2012 after a shooting at the park, which is owned by Lycoming Housing Authority.

The mayor said the authority is cooperating.

“These courts can be successful. Because of the city recreation department’s involvement, the site is now an organized environment and the community takes ownership,” Campana said in a news release. “Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. I welcome citizens to join me in enjoying the courts Friday night.”

When asked about the distance to walk to the park for those who used to play at Memorial Park and live in the West or East ends of the city, Campana replied, “They’re getting exercise wanting to play basketball. They can walk.”

According to Campana, the courts will be open every Friday night for the same hours if the experiment works