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October 22, 2013

Haverhill unveils plan tocut noise complaints

Prepares to shift basketball games from park to gyms


"I asked if the'yd be interested and they said they'd love it," he said. "They just want to play ball."

Ouellette said players would be required to register with the Recreation Department, which will also supervise games at the schools. He said Nettle's gym would be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and Whittier's gym would be open Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Ouellette said the city had these kinds of open gym times in the past, but then there was a decline in the popularity of basketball.

"We're bringing the concept back," Ouellette said.

Neighbors complained about the sound basketballs made when they hit the rims at the park, so Ouellette will suggest replacing the hoops with units that are much quieter.

"The rims we've put in other parks don't make any discernible noise at all," he said.

Another piece of the plan is to speed up renovations to nearby Portland Street Playground, so residents of that neighborhood have another basketball court to play on instead of the 12th Avenue Playground, where neighbors said crowds of 30 or more people were gathering to play the game this summer.

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