Residents complain about noise from kiddie coaster at Lilac Festival

May 19, 2017 06:47 AM

A lot of you have been enjoying the Lilac Festival this week at Highland Park, but one recent change that was made is driving some people nuts. Neighbors are complaining about noise, but we’re not talking about the music.

Frank Gerham has lived in the neighborhood for 30 years and says he and others are forced to hear the sounds of a kid's roller coaster ride at the festival all day long since it was recently moved too close to their homes.

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“It's a clackity clack, this is the worst in terms of the sounds,” Gerham said. “It's the Lilac Festival not a carnival, but it sounds like we're living next to Seabreeze now.”

Gerham says he and other neighbors filled out surveys after the festival last year when the layout change happened and this year it’s still in the same spot.

“To a passerby it might not be a big deal but to hear it all day and all night, it affects the music,” Gerham said.

We took Gerham’s concern to someone who can help, Jeff Springut. His company organizes the festival every year.

“If someone has an issue, it's typically the volume of the music or the hours of the music, but this is the first time I’ve heard about the kid's coaster,” Springut said.

Springut says moving the area would be difficult, but he's willing to look into it.

“I don't know, if we put it on the other side of the park then it would annoy other neighbors so we'll take a look and listen to the concerns and see what we can do,” Springut said.

Gerham hopes next year something changes. 

“We started talking about it in this neighborhood group on Facebook and that seems to be gaining more momentum of people who want it to be less a little less noisy,” Gerham said.

Springut says his group holds meetings before and after the Lilac Festival to hear neighborhood feedback. If you'd like to be involved, contact the leader of your neighborhood association. The Lilac Festival closes Sunday.


Kaci Jones

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