CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article said the YMCA would be closing the town’s only public racquetball courts. They are not public courts as a membership fee is required for access to the courts. The story has been changed to reflect this.
Local residents upset about the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA’s decision to remove its racquetball courts won’t be putting down their rackets — or their picket signs — anytime soon.
After the YMCA decided to remove the courts to increase the area of the fitness floor, devoted racquetball and handball players like Chapel Hill resident Bob Epting began actively picketing the YMCA on Feb. 8.
IF YOU WANT TO JOIN
Protest: The Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA Court Users Group will be picketing the YMCA Wednesday at 7:30 a.m., noon and 4:45 p.m.
“Why the Y staff would favor one group over another to create wider aisles or put more machines in for the existing users while telling the court users to go somewhere else is mystifying,” Epting said.
He wrote a letter to the YMCA Board of Directors and created an online petition against the YMCA’s decision to close the racquetball courts. The petition has garnered more than 200 signatures.