VENICE (CBSLA) — Handball players at Venice Beach are happy to be back on the courts.
The city closed the courts on April 15 to clean and repaint them after homeless encampments were cleared out.READ MORE: California Will Keep Mask Mandate In Place Until June 15
Players said the encampments had grown during the pandemic. U.S. Handball Association Ambassador Michael Koss led a petition effort to get the city to clean the courts up, and it worked.READ MORE: Family Of George Floyd Joins Family Of Anthony McClain, Of Pasadena, Who Was Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting
“The courts have been made available for us to play again,” Koss said. “Everybody came out and we couldn’t be happier about it.”MORE NEWS: Shootings With BB Or Pellet Gun Continue Across SoCal Freeways
Now Koss hopes the city will take the next steps to fence off the area and lock it up at night to keep the courts clean and only accessible to players.