Neighbors Worry About Pavilion Noise

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

April 14, 2006

"Our house was shaking and the windows were shaking," said Belmont resident Kimber Hawkey.

Hawkey lived through the Pavilion's first season and said the noise was deafening. And while the Ween concert seemed relatively reasonable, Hawkey and her neighbors are still skeptical.

"The concerts start quietly, at the right level. After five or six concerts, it was the level of an airplane," said resident Charles Gendrot.

Pavilion officials say they have been busily working on the venue preparing it for this year. Part of that preparation is improving the sound.

"We are also doing a lot of work on sound abatement keeping sound from going out into the neighborhoods and improving the sound inside the venue," said Pavilion General Manager Kirby Hutto.

Neighbors say they don't oppose the concerts. However, at the levels and times they are played, it is making their lives uncomfortable leaving them feeling disrespected.

"The music is hurting our quality of life. When the concerts are going on, you really can't have a quiet night at home or enjoy a quiet meal in your backyard," said Hawkey.

"I don't think that is respecting citizens in the city at all. It is just saying 'we are just doing business and the rest is not your concern,'" said Gendrot.

The neighborhood association has a meeting planned for Monday night at the Hinton Avenue Methodist Church at 7 p.m. There they will discuss plans as the season moves forward.

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