Super Sunday returns to Douglass park second time since shooting

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It has been just over two years since someone shot five people in a park at a well-known Lexington basketball tournament. Days later, a father of three died from his injuries.

Now, after some time away, the tournament is back in it’s traditional spot since 1960 at Douglass park. Each year thousands of spectators come out to Douglass park to experience basketball at its best, but some say they’ve stopped coming out because of their concern for safety.

A shooting that happened during Super Sunday in 2015 left one man dead and injured four others, it was a tragic day in history for the tournaments. Organizers say they moved the games indoors to another location because players and spectators were scared. Recreation manager Jackie French says Super Sunday is back at Douglass park with amped up security and it’s better than ever.

“Now there have been some incidents around the park but sometimes it gets blamed on Douglass park but you know we are holding our own right now and with the polices help its really done wonders for us because it makes people feel comfortable coming back to the park.”

But despite the hardship they have had, the event still brings positivity and togetherness in the community.

“It gives children and grown men something to do for the summer, something to look forward to.”

This year the event has 25 teams total from junior to men’s. French says she is excited to see it grow even larger next year.

“We bounced back from some adversity and just glad to have people in the park again.”

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