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Turn down the noise at Marymoor Park concerts, movies | Letter

I suppose if you are out on the Marymoor Park lawn with a cool drink, you might feel Steely Dan cools you down. My house, on the other hand, was blasted by surround NOISE, especially on Sunday (July 6), a supposed day of rest!

I had on two air conditioners, a dishwasher, TV, etc. for more white noise, and even with all the windows closed, there was NO relief! And it was still hot! No one from Redmond or King County seemed to be able to get this concert to turn down to agreed-on levels, which are still way too loud in my opinion if I can hear the noise from three-fourths of a mile to one mile away.

This is only one of 23 concerts, eight movies (during “Frozen,” it seemed like an announcer was in my back yard announcing for a game and went on past 11 p.m.), plus whatever bike races and other “special events” take place. What if you have to work at, say, 4 a.m. — hmmm — like my husband did or even 6 a.m. like a lot of folks.

To me, a “special event” requiring noise-variance permits is once or twice a year like Derby Days, not more than 30 in two months! I would like to cool down in my big yard, open the windows, relax and have people over, but when I try, I hear screaming, yelling, drums and bizarre noise (music?). I am sure it sounds better there, but can’t anyone get the music/noise to stay there?  When we had the heritage festivals, I once heard cannon shots from a Civil War re-enactment, and they had four stages. So it is possible to keep the music/noise there.

There is no recourse to get this stopped, even though neighbors were told it was temporary at first (LOL) when there was a 10-year lease already in place. Now the park wants a permanent roof. Will that make the noise level worse? No one can say and I doubt if there will even be any real public input allowed/considered.

Please, if you report about the concert, talk about the pain those on Education Hill or Marymoor Hill and beyond have to tolerate. And for what? Most of the money goes to private groups, not the park. Think about this the next time you buy expensive tickets to annoy the park’s neighbors and are still asked to support park levies. My only recourse seems to be to MOVE! Anyone want to pay the more than $40,000 that will cost? In retirement, that is more than a year’s income. We have been told to call Redmond police, so if you have these noise issues, please do. Maybe more voices might be heard by the county.

Barbara Dickson, Redmond



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