Editor: I am so happy to see Party in the Park come to an end.
As a relatively new resident of downtown Chilliwack I am shocked at the city's overall disregard for its downtown residents.
We live here. This is our home. This is not a playground. This is not a fairground.
We deserve the same respect, safety and security as any neighbourhood in the large Chilliwack area.
How would you like it if you had two morons on a microphone blasting clichés off the buildings in your neighbourhood for four hours? I'm talking about the mechanical bull placed at Five Corners for the benefit of a few dozen people each Friday night with dimwit announcers at high volume describing each and every ride with "Good job!" Over and over and over and over again.
Mayor and council, please do the right thing and think about your downtown as a neighbourhood where people actually live and work. We chose this place. We love this place. You obviously do not when you treat this place like a fairground. Events like this should be held at the fair or actually in the park in accordance to city bylaws. Noise bylaws.
I'm no prude. But this is ridiculous.
It is bad enough that we have to deal with non-residents who come downtown each night to the only bar with no respect for the neighbourhood in which we live. They are allowed to stand and smoke just outside the doors of the bar and loudly carry on until and past the 1 a.m. closing. Then windows are smashed, damage is done, our neighbourhood is pissed on and people go home to favoured quiet places like Little Mountain, Promontory and Chilliwack Mountain where nary a peep brings the local police a running like dogs to a bone.
In no other neighbourhood are the noise bylaws completely ignored as they are here in our downtown 24/7. Come and stand at any intersection in downtown at any time of the day and you will be blasted by car stereos with drivers oblivious to the fact that people live here. A phone call to the police was met with this response: "We don't carry noise decibel measuring devices."
Mayor and council claim they want to improve downtown. Well, it all begins with respect and ends with the same security that every other resident enjoys and pays for in this city. The fact is that this city pays a tidy sum for extra security in the downtown core. I ask, where are they? What do they and the RCMP do between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m.?
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