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2014-07-22 at 13:55

Sound adjustments

Aerosports Trampoline Parks general manager Dustin Wilson says his business has done everything it can to reduce noise in the area, including a new sound system and adjusted hours of operation.
Kathleen Charlebois, tbnewswatch.com
Aerosports Trampoline Parks general manager Dustin Wilson says his business has done everything it can to reduce noise in the area, including a new sound system and adjusted hours of operation.
By Kathleen Charlebois, for tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- Noise complaints brought to city council against a new trampoline park comes as a surprise to the facility’s owner.

Dustin Wilson, manager of the Aerosports Trampoline Parks,  said his business did receive complaints from neighbours when it first opened a year ago, but that was before it was renovated into the facility it is today.

Despite making adjustments, Northern and Southern Avenue residents presented a petition Monday night with 20 signatures stating the sound from the Sports Dome was too loud.

Wilson said he’s done everything he could to keep the noise down, including spending $10,000 on a new sound system to lower sound and bass levels. He’s even changed the park’s hours of operation.

Originally open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, The trampoline parks now shut its doors at 11 p.m.

Robert Rickards, who presented the petition to council, said he could hear bass as early as 8 a.m.

Wilson said this claim seems exaggerated, as the park doesn’t open until 10.

“I understand their frustration, and we’ve tried to do everything we could to try to make them a little happier,” he said. “Unfortunately, when people get upset I think they’re going to still complain.”

The reduced hours have meant a loss for the business, but Wilson said he’s willing to take a little bit of that cut if it means keeping neighbours happy.

The the park’s priority, however, is giving kids and teens a safe environment to jump around and be healthy.

“We’ve done everything that we could to keep the sound down, but we are trying to offer a healthy, fun environment for kids to get off the streets and listen to music and jump around,” Wilson said.

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PinkPanther says:
Northern and Southern Avenue are definitely not “one of the roughest areas of town”. I couldn’t have asked for better neighbours than we already have. Our neighbourhood is actually quiet compared to most. I do not choose to live in a busy neighborhood or by train tracks. Stop complaining about the trains. YOU chose to live there. When a business opens and there is a discrepancy of some sort, just as this one, it can be fixed. It’s not like this petition is to shut the place down. All we are asking is for the music to be turned down. We greatly appreciate Dustin being so cooperative with this. Why do the people on here making ridiculous stupid comments just don’t understand that? 20 signatures are still 20 signatures. It shows there’s a concern. So if you don’t live in this neighborhood then make your opinions elsewhere because you don’t understand. Stop making this seem like such a bigger deal than it already is.
7/23/2014 5:58:49 PM
PinkPanther says:
I would just like to point out here that being a resident of the area for 15 years now, my neighbours and myself have never heard such a disturbance. To all the people who compare this to the CLE; the CLE is for 5 days a year, never bothers any of us. I myself find it quite entertaining and enjoyable when the CLE is going on. The CLE comparison comment is getting annoying so stop.
Being inside the sports dome with the music level is fine. For those who live in the neighborhood, well that is a different story. I would like to point out that the sports dome does not have an adequate sound barrier. I’m sure most people should realize that first. There are shags and events every weekend at the Coliseum, Heritage, etc, and too be honest, I barely hear anything from those buildings. Coming from a young adult like myself, I typically enjoy music of all kinds, but when you have music constantly blaring from 10am-12am, and can hear every word of each song, that’s a problem.
7/23/2014 5:56:30 PM
any1980 says:
do these same people argue every time there is an event in the coliseum/fair grounds? Yes it may be a bit louder.. ITS NOT A SOLID BUILDING... get over it. complain about something that matter..
7/23/2014 3:25:54 PM
chriskivi says:
I understand noise complaints, but with todays youth and teen violence and crime on the rise shouldn't we all be happy that there are places like this where kids and youths can go and have fun in a safe enviroment that promotes exercise and wellbeing as well as allowing youths to have fun all at the same time? as for the curfue talks, all that will do is ensure that law abiding children are off the street at a certain time, unlawful youths will still be out and about, so instead of forcing children to the back of the line in progress lets all applaude this new local business for providing something new and exciting for our citys youth to enjoy and utilize.
7/23/2014 11:37:54 AM
boofer69 says:
Its sad to see this becoming an issue as it seems this is the first thing that dome has been able to do to attract people.

I respect the owner/operators decision to respect the neighbourhood.

Are we all forgetting this is one of the roughest areas of town???
7/23/2014 11:20:05 AM
what'sup says:
There is noise everywhere in the city. I can appreciate trying to sleep. There is a lot of activity going on at the CLE. What about Shags? I am sure there is a lot of noise coming from there. What about the people that live by the airport. We can't ask the planes to cut down the engine noise. I think there is a certain expectation of noise depending on where you live. I would say either get used to it or move.
7/23/2014 10:45:02 AM
LetRrip says:
Thunder Bay certainly is great at complaining. I personally am thankful that this place is open and that there is a safe place for the youth of thunder bay to enjoy. Half you people need to sell your property and move to the middle of the bush... mind you, you would likely still find something to complain complain complain about. Unreal
7/23/2014 10:30:18 AM
Tbaybornandraised says:
This is why in 50 more years the city will still be at the same population it was 50 years ago. Small town thinking.... nothing wants to come here with no growth and people like this.
7/23/2014 9:13:27 AM
maggie says:
For the 20 people complaining about the noise Try living on water street where you have trains banging and clanging all hours of the night where the windows rattle then maybe your noise wont sound so bad
7/23/2014 7:42:15 AM
bubba says:
It's paved, very well lit and no one's been killed ! Sounds safe to me.
7/22/2014 9:18:41 PM
blah blah says:
add complaining to the list of what Thunder bays the best at.
7/22/2014 8:58:13 PM
Chase says:
I have been to the trampoline park many times and left my kids for there jump parties. Must say it is safe and extremely great for the community. I have sat in the lounge and have never thought it was to loud. Such a fun thing for teens to do and have been very impressed with facility. My kids can't get enough..
7/22/2014 8:51:40 PM
donnybrook says:
Here's a thought: Why don't you and the rest of the parents who expect that everyone should appreciate the wailing, screaming, cursing and swearing of your lovely children, provide them with a "safe place to hang out" instead of relying on others to it for you?
7/23/2014 9:38:25 AM
spazz says:
Hey donnybrook here's another thought: how is your post any different than the behaviour you're describing? They are talking about taking kids to a business specificaly set up to cater to kids. How is that expecting everyone to appreciate anything? You're just like one of those kids that you're imagining and posting about, yelling just to get attention.

I guess I'm the sucker for giving it to you.
7/23/2014 1:27:57 PM
cityisgreat says:
man o man..what a bunch of babies.... i am there every day dropping my kid off to work...either opening shift or closing and i can tell you i never hear anything ..not a sound...how about we congratulate a local business for employee our youth...and giving our teens a safe place to hang out. I am sure once another event is held at the Marina the wieners here will turn their attention to the lack of parking..sad yet predictable.
7/22/2014 8:20:53 PM
oscarmyerweiner says:
Its a commercial area there is going to be noise. I live by train tracks, you just get used to it.
7/22/2014 8:15:11 PM
woodzee says:
Noise complaints against a small business doesn't compare to the noise levels from a wind turbine and I believe this would set a precedent.
7/22/2014 6:54:56 PM
TerryK says:
Typical "not in my backyard" mentality by the posters here. The guy comes to the table trying to resolve the despite (no matter how ridiculous it is)amicably and you idiots throw him under the bus. If I was him, I'd tell everyone to get stuffed.
7/22/2014 6:48:15 PM
outsider9 says:
Let's have a plebiscite on it
7/22/2014 6:11:21 PM
Joey_J says:
Or just move it to Innova Park where no one but the tumbleweed and Ray Smith will hear any noise.
7/24/2014 9:57:41 AM
laurie says:
only 20 signatures ?? thats not many unhappy people for the amount of homes in that area.. what are you all going to do when the CLE comes with all their sounds and lights ?

you don't hear the residents around the Marina complaining about the noise and they have way more louder stuff going on ..

7/22/2014 5:41:41 PM
spazz says:
I know of at least one group of teenagers / young adults who were going at least once a week later in the evening after work. These were people between 17 and 21.

Don't let the truth get in the way of a good hard complaining though. (Not that commenters here ever do)
7/22/2014 5:22:09 PM
nvjgu says:
Novelty will ware off in couple months
7/22/2014 3:54:03 PM
ibrando says:
Really Dustin? You have lost money due to reducing hours? I never knew prime time trampolining was between 11:00pm and 12:00am. If anything you saved paying minimum wage for an hour. Good on you though for trying to portray yourself as addressing residents concerns.
7/22/2014 3:04:23 PM
mysaytbay says:
Whats wrong with 11-12? I know plenty of people who appreciate a 24 hour gym so they can workout at any time of day. Your comment about minimum wage is ridiculous and has nothing to do with the noise problem this article is about.
7/22/2014 7:48:25 PM
Wolfie says:
Right, because I'm sure he was open for the extra hour previously just so he could lose money paying somebody to watch some unused trampolines.
7/22/2014 7:52:14 PM
Eastender says:
Come on Dustin, just turn the volume down. Kids dont need their eardrums blown out to have fun on trampolines! Show some courtesy!
7/22/2014 10:06:05 PM
SToday says:
Eastender.. Cmon Dustin turn down the volume. Let me ask you a question... have you heard the actual volume of the music outside of the park? I would suggest taking yourself down there and find out for yourself before throwing a comment out there like that. No ones ear drums are getting blown.. maybe your the one that should show some courtesy
7/23/2014 9:44:28 AM
Royalflush says:
Well now, heres the thing SToday. When people who live on Southern and Northern Ave. here the noise, there must be noise. Do you think they are making it all up? Are you trying to say that those folks should just shut up and tolerate whatever is thrown at them, just because some business has decided that this noise is necessary to have fun? You dont know diddly about courtesy!
7/23/2014 10:39:39 PM
BuddhaMum says:
My question is, how many people complaining on here have actually been to the trampoline park? I have, several times, for birthday party events and it's a fantastic place. I have been there during the day and in the evenings. The sound system is set at a very reasonable level (actually, at times I've had a hard time hearing the music over the laughter of the kids having fun) and when I've been outside in the parking lot, I've not heard much more than a slight "hum" from the music.
This being said, I don't live in the neighbourhood so I can't comment on the daily noise levels.
I have to agree with another commenter here...20 signatures doesn't seem to be that many. If that's two people per household then you have about ten houses being affected (in a neighbourhood of how many?). But, let's spend tax dollars to make 20 complainers happy instead of spending it on something worthwhile.
7/23/2014 9:22:30 AM
tothecloud says:
What is wrong with people? Cry me a river over a little noise. Better get another petition going Robert the CLE is coming.
7/22/2014 2:37:10 PM
enos012 says:
Kids off the street? I thought the Mayor was talking about a curfew before and they stay open to 11? How are these kids getting home this late?
7/22/2014 2:17:57 PM
eventscentre says:
A curfew is to keep kids out of trouble....exercising and having fun is a lot different. And funny how every time a business opens up in Thunder Bay (or even tries to open) some NIMBY cries to city council for some reason or other. No wonder the rest of the country laughs at us and can't understand why we'd want to live here
7/23/2014 7:56:30 AM
Royalflush says:
Do you think we are the only city where people complain about things?
If you dont complain, others will walk all over you!
7/23/2014 10:30:02 PM
Glyder says:
Uh, parents drop them off and pick them up?
7/23/2014 8:25:51 AM
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