Hoops are coming back in Allentown

Written by on March 10, 2021

Hoops are coming back in Allentown

By Ben Stemrich

March 10, 2021

Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell came out to take the first shots with the re-installed basketball hoops. Photo: Ben Stemrich.

The number of COVID vaccinations administered in Pennsylvania is now more than three times the number of positive cases according to state data. But in Allentown, there’s another shot that can be seen as a sign of hope.

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It’s been nearly a year since the basketball hoops were taken down in Allentown as a COVID precaution.

Now, they’re going back up.

Errick Phillips who lives in the city says it’s about time.

“This is like a family park right here. It would mean a lot to everybody here, everybody’s everybody’s kids here, everybody’s family,” Phillips says.

It’s expected to take around two weeks to put up the 51 Allentown rims.

Mayor Ray O’Connell came out to take the first shots at Valania Park in Center City.

“Our kids love basketball outside whether it be Valania Park, Cedar Beach, Roosevelt Park. Basketball is a game, you don’t have to be good at it but it’s activity, and we need to have our kids actively involved,” O’Connell says. 

It’s not just the courts. The city is reopening sports fields too.

Karen El-Chaar with City Parks and Rec says they’ve had plenty of people asking about it since the shutdown.

“Everyone’s been clamoring since. We’re also opening our fields and renting our fields so sports can also begin, El-Chaar says. 

City officials urge anyone who uses the courts or fields to try to follow all Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

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