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Niagara Falls residents vote for new basketball courts in parks referendum

Two new basketball courts will be constructed in Niagara Falls parks with federal money, voters decided in a monthlong referendum.

Two playgrounds and a park shelter are next in line following the August survey on how to spend a $360,000 community development block grant.

The city Community Development Department said 248 people voted. They were allowed to select up to three of 10 possible projects. The city will complete them in voting order until the money runs out.

A new basketball court in Gill Creek Park, estimated at $15,000, drew 102 votes, followed by 98 votes for a new court in Hyde Park, estimated at $25,000.

A new playground pod in Hyde Park, priced at $75,000, came in third, followed by a $200,000 playground rebuild in Liberty Park and a $10,000 shelter in Hyde Park.

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