Final approval granted for basketball courts in Pioneer Park |

Final approval granted for basketball courts in Pioneer Park

The construction of basketball courts at Pioneer Park received final approval from the Nevada City City Council Monday night.

While the plans received unanimous approval from the five Councilmembers, Mayor Conley Weaver raised concerns about the need for a retaining wall and a chain link fence that could break up the landscape of the park.

“This would really change the whole character of the area. I am opposed to that, I really am,” Weaver said.

Councilman David McKay said it ultimately came down to safety for those playing on the new courts.

“The minute we build this we are enticing them to play basketball (and) our liability goes way up,” he said.

As a compromise, the Council voted to allow the building of a chain link fence and a retaining wall on the condition that the retaining wall had a stone facade.

The Nevada City Lions Club will be financially backing the $16,000 project through donations and fund-raisers. During the evenings, the courts will double as extra parking for events.

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