Our local council has just written to let us know they are considering erecting a Street Snooker board in the park next door to my house.
Have googled it and it is a huge vertical board with all the coloured balls from a snooker table: you kick/throw/aim balls at all the coloured balls in turn, as in a snooker break, red then all the colours - to see what score you get. AIBU?
What age kids would this attract?? Would it help their 'sharing, turn taking and counting' skills (as it says on the website) or would it just lead to loads of loud banging and shouting/shrieking at all hours of day and night as kids/teens/drunken adults aim wildly at the board, not any special colour ball??????
We already have a cricket pitch, footie pitches, 2 playparks and 3 tennis courts in the park beside us btw. Would be v interested to hear if anyone has one of these snooker thingies in a park by them and, if so, who uses it and how noisy/quiet/obtrusive they are!
It's good that the council has some money to spend, but are they spending it in the right place??
I'm amazed your council has money to spend on anything. Ours seems only able to afford to pay the Chief executive about twice as much as the prime minister...
It sounds like it would draw the same crowd as a skateboard park. Which our town council (slightly more sensible than the county one) sited right in the middle of the rec, well away from any houses. The teenagers too young to get away with getting into the pub will hang out by it, but they probably won't spend too much time there unless there's lots of benches and the police don't wander past regularly. Our local teenagers use the under 12's playground as a hangout once the small children are in bed, do yours?
Our council were planning to put in water fountains that children could activate by jumping on them. Apparently there's some in Barcelona that are great (and presumably some council bod spotted on a "fact finding mission").
Until someone - I suspect more like several dozen people - pointed out that this was the West of Scotland not Barcelona so the weather would be such that they could be used as intended about 1 day out of every 5 years, and that the money could possibly be better spent doing up the derelict swing park.
I expect it would attract older kids and that's a good thing since if they're not into skating, there's not much for them to do really.
I don't really see your problem. If the park is used by older kids at night anyway, this won't exactly attract any more of them or make them any noisier. It's not exactly the sort of game they can play in the dark.