We’re used to the thump-thump of basketballs in summer. If there’s a hoop to aim at, kids all over the city will shoot layups and jump shots to sharpen skills and kill some free time.
No one would have expected — and no one should accept — the sound heard by a Worcester teenager at Holland Rink Playground on June 30.
Kadisha Evans had been practicing free throws at the little-known city park on Lincoln Street when the backboard and its heavy steel support structure crashed to the pavement.
“It was so scary,” she told the Telegram & Gazette. “What if it fell on me? It was really, really loud, to the point I didn’t even know what was going on.”
The city should count its lucky stars the structure didn’t fall on her — and should react as decisively as if it had.