ALBANY, N.Y. -- After a weekend long shut down, Arbor Hill residents have their basketball court back.
On Friday night, the city of Albany removed the basketball rims and placed a large dumpster in the center of court.
Some residents expressing anger by tagging the dumpster before it was removed Sunday afternoon.
Community leaders say the city sent the wrong message. They wish the city had reached out to them and explored other possibilities.
"We had a beautiful summer and if people saw what really went down here every day, they'd know that the kids we happy. We didn't have violence here at the Arbor Hill Complex all summer long. And for that to happen, we had a lot of angry people. Things happened with the graffiti,” said Arbor Hill Sports Complex Commissioner Decky Lawson.
A city official says the closure of the court was to prevent the annual JEK basketball tournament from taking place this weekend as there have been shootings and a stabbing stemming from it in the past.
Spectrum News reached out to Mayor Kathy Sheehan's Office, but have not heard back.