Lexington city officials have decided to move the Dirt Bowl, a basketball tournament, from Douglass Park to the Dunbar Community Center for the rest of the summer.
The decision was announced through a release Friday afternoon by the city's Division of Parks and Recreation after it heard the concerns of players, coaches, referees and citizens.
"We're respectful of the history of the Dirt Bowl in Douglass Park," said Geoff Reed, the city commissioner who oversees Parks and Recreation. "But the June 21 shooting incident in the park left participants concerned about safety in the park, with many saying they would not return to Douglass this year, even for the July 19 Super Sunday event. We must respect their concerns, as well."
Reed expects the Dirt Bowl to return to Douglass Park in the future, the release said.
The Dirt Bowl League has been played in the park for more than three decades. It culminates in Super Sunday, a championship traditionally held during the third weekend in July.
Police have said they can offer more security inside the gym. The Dunbar center is located at 545 North Upper Street.
Reed and other city officials held a meeting Tuesday to get input from the community and Dirt Bowl participants. A decision was made Friday afternoon.
Discussions to move the Dirt Bowl began after four people were shot June 21 at about 9:15 p.m. in Douglass Park. Police continue to investigate the shooting and the death of Kwame El-Amin, 42, who died a few days after he was shot in the park.
El-Amin's slaying was the city's 10th homicide this year. No arrests have been made.