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Petition to remove the portable basketball goal restriction

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The Brixworth CCR's state:

Article IV: Section 17: Recreational Equipment: All playground and recreational equipment must be used, erected, placed or maintained to the rear of all Lots. Wood construction for such equipment is encouraged. No metal play equipment is allowed. Portable basketball goals must be stored out of sight when not in use.

Article VII: Section 3: Duration and Amendment: ...this Declaration may be amended by the affirmative vote of at least three-fourths (3/4ths) of the votes of the Owners.

Basketball is an activity which requires a goal to constantly be up and ready whenever our children wish to play. Some homeowners who have basketball goals have children who wish to one day play competitively. This means they will be out practicing every day. As busy parents, we can't always stop what we are doing and simply don’t have the time to set up the goal each time our children want to play or practice. These portable goals are too heavy and awkward for young kids to move and maneuver into place on their own. When set up correctly (with water or sand in the base) it is even difficult for an adult to move them, especially through grass.

Basketball also needs a large hard surface around the goal to bounce the ball. Our driveways are the perfect place to do this. Very few backyards come with a concrete surface large enough to enjoy this sport. The cost alone to install such a surface puts this activity out of the reach of many homeowners.

Basketball goals certainly do not take away from the value of our homes, but add a great deal to the community. Brixworth is definitely an upscale neighborhood. When looking at other neighborhoods in the area that are comparable to ours, you will see basketball goals throughout the community.

Basketball is a great source of exercise and gets kids outside away from electronics. The sport also teaches teamwork and sportsmanship. Having this activity readily available gives kids something positive to do while creating unity and friendships within the neighborhood. This restriction on portable goals seriously detracts from allowing our kids to enjoy such a great sport anytime they wish.

Please join me in signing this petition to remove the restriction on portable basketball goals.

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