Final Extreme Sound Test

By: Shane Symolon Email
By: Shane Symolon Email

The decision to build a Extreme Sports Park in Fishersville is one step closer Friday after a final sound test was held at Expoland.

The sound test was necessary, because a group of residents living near the proposed site have spoken out against it.

Extreme Park Organizer Terry Argenbright says Expoland allowed his group to build a temporary track to prove the sound won't be too loud for those neighbors.

"The thousands of supporters have been in contact with me by e-mail and by phone, just through the outpouring of support from the community, everyone telling me we've needed something like this for a long time," says Argenbright.

Not everyone has been supportive. Buddy Rittenhouse, president of the Goose Creek Neighborhood Association, says his street has gone to the board of zoning and appeals asking them to deny the request to build the track.

They live across Interstate 64 from Expoland where the park would be built. They responded by asking for this test to see how loud park would be. As large and small bikes were tested, you could hear the motors faintly over the highway.

"We can hear them. We can hear them inside the house. About 80 to 90 percent of the time, the wind current is headed this way from Rapine, this direction. It's very noticeable when the wind currents are blowing in this direction," says Rittenhouse.

Argenbright says the test proves the bikes aren't too loud.

"This is the worst case scenario for us. When it's cold with no leaves in the trees, these kind of conditions will produce more noise than normal, like in the summer," says Argenbright.

Whatever decision is made about the noise, Rittenhouse says he still has other worries, such as dirt and pollution.

"These are concerns that we have and I'm hoping that the folks will look at this and decide that it's simply not the place for it," says Rittenhouse.

The Board of Zoning and Appeals will make a decision on what they learned Friday on March 6.


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