Neighbors bombarded by soccer balls want park fences built higher

Michael Lopardi

Neighbors bombarded by soccer balls want park fences built higher

CREATED May. 2, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - A new park has led to some new problems for neighbors on the east side of the Valley.
 
Douglas Selby Park near Lamb Boulevard and Owens Avenue is mostly empty during the day. But by night, the city park is packed with soccer players. For youngsters, it's a chance to practice the game, and their kick. But when the ball misses the net, neighbor Shawn Cunningham said it often flies over a six-foot wall and smashes into her home.
 
"With the soccer games, they did not build the wall up high enough so I'm getting soccer balls hitting the back of my house," said Cunningham.
 
Cunningham has lived in her home for about five years, long before the park opened in summer of 2011. She is not opposed to the park; in fact, she thinks it looks better than the vacant lot that was in its place before. But Cunningham said she is fed up with the foot traffic and loitering in her yard, which has damaged a wall that she'll have to pay to fix.
 
"There's so much traffic coming and going. It feels like I'm always out here yelling tell the kids to stay out of here," Cunningham said. "Just because it's an empty lot doesn't mean it's a short cut to the park."
 
The park has fencing behind the goals, but not around the entire field.
 
"This net is pretty good," said parent Lilly Parra, who attended a soccer game Wednesday night and said she has not seen many balls go over the wall. "I can see why it would bother someone that lives around here."
 
Action News took the concerns to the city of Las Vegas. Cunningham's complaint was the first of its kind the city has heard from her neighborhood, said city spokeswoman Diana Paul. The city said the surrounding wall is designed to be raised if the fencing is not sufficient. The city said it reached out to neighbors during park design, but no one from the mobile home community asked for additional protection.
 
At this point, it does not look like any changes are in store. However, Paul said any neighbors who experience the same problems should contact the city.
 
Cunningham said she likes the park, just not the problems that come with it.

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