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Sounding off about noise levels at Marymoor Park summer concerts | LETTERS
This letter is in response to Barbara Dickson, who wrote a very long letter last issue complaining about the noise levels at Marymoor Park, where concerts are held during the summer months. I live near Marymoor, as well, and I love hearing the music and people having a good time. I like that our beautiful park is being used for a variety of events.
Please, quit complaining and move from our beautiful area around Marymoor since you can’t appreciate it.
Tracy DeLeeuw, Redmond
I just read the letter to the editor, “Turn down the noise at Marymoor Park concerts, movies,” from last issue.
To run a counterpoint: I’ve been a Redmond resident for two years. The city functions and events at Marymoor have made a huge impact on our family. I feel much more connected to this community than our old home.
I’ve seen the popular turnout for “Frozen” and these other events — keep doing what you are doing. I believe the majority of residents enjoy these activities. The events and connection is what makes Redmond a wonderful place to live.
Ken Ng, Redmond
In response to Barbara Dickson’s letter last issue, I can only say “Hear! Hear!” (pun painfully intended) as I likewise am forced to hear hour after hour of noise from Marymoor concerts...from one and a half miles away. Redmond’s code says noise regulations are to “promote...the use, value and enjoyment of property, sleep and repose and the quality of the environment through the level of noise.” Too bad it then takes back what it has “granted” by exempting entertainment...one wonders why entertainment is allowed to destroy enjoyment of one’s home. Surely there is a higher requirement of this exercise in government power than just providing entertainment?
Although the City of Redmond says there are few complaints, they make no effort to publicize the complaint line. One police officer who monitors noise levels said he has no authority to adjust them. A Marymoor Park spokesperson said they comply with the noise limits. Pointing out that a two-hour “sound check” in the middle of the afternoon is excessive, gains no traction. Try the Marymoor Park concert website (www.marymoorconcerts.com) where they invite you to leave comments (but there is no response). You might wonder why Swedish Medical sponsors this concert series, given the potential to permanently damage attendees’ hearing...hey, they told me that ear plugs are handed out at the concerts, which is pretty funny. I need ear plugs a mile and a half away! There is not a room in my house with everything shut where I can escape or even talk over the noise.
Now that the concerts of June and July are behind us, look at the August lineup: concerts on Aug. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 23, 25 — oh, and there’s the kicker at the end “Additional shows WILL be added.” Oh, joy. By the way, there is no legal impediment to King County having amplified noise from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Just contemplate!
Diane Althaus, Redmond