Sound tests rejected

Coldstream residents living near Okanagan College's Vernon campus are booing over planned sounds tests this summer.

“If we can hear the ducks quacking on the lake from Fitzmaurice, how much more will we be hearing if AC/DC is playing outside at the college?” resident Mike Powell is quoted in a press release.

The release comes from a group called Concerned Neighbours of Okanagan College who packed a meeting at the college last week to vent their anger over the amphitheatre proposal.

Vancouver-based acoustics experts have been consulted by the non-profit Okanagan Summer Festival Society which has proposed a five to $10 million structure set in a coulee.

Acoustical engineers are expected to conduct tests this summer to discover if entertainment from the proposed amphitheatre on college grounds would affect the neighbourhood, if the money has been raised by then, explained society spokesperson Diane Bond.

Bond believes the topography will shield residents from much of the sound and is hoping the tests will prove it.

Another resident, who overlaid a Google Earth image of the proposed site with the concept site plan, insisted proposed grass seating on the east side would take away the lower half of Patchwork Farms.

Bond said the architect has seen the proposed site and plans a return trip in May.


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