A Toronto park is putting a damper on kidsâ summer fun due to noise complaints.
The program, run by Sportball, helps tiny tots learn basic sports skills. The companyâs manager, Carmella Gelgor, told City News the classes have a maximum of 10 kids, all between the ages of 16 months and four-and-a-half years old. Its earliest program begins at 9 a.m. and its latest ends at 7 p.m.
Unfortunately, due to residentsâ complaints, Sportball had its permit revoked by the City of Toronto after just two weeks of operation. Parents of the enrolled toddlers were notified via email that âresidents have petitioned to have Sportball removed from utilizing the parkette for the entire summer season.â
The email also noted that if the program continued, both Sportball and parents could be fined.
âHow out of control could they be?â Meagan Ryder, whose son was in the program, told CBC. âThere's not even whistles. There's six or eight pylons that make a square. They're learning to kick a ball.â
Another mom, Yana Andersen, agreed that the programâs ban was absurd. âWe were shocked first of all that a kidsâ program that runs over the weekend during the day would induce such a strong reaction,â she told City News. âThereâs barely any noise.â
Twitter users were equally baffled and upset by Lynndale Parketteâs cancellation of the sports program.
Lynndale Parkette. NOT the "happiest place on earth" in Toronto. #topoli
â sadderthinker (@oldscotcan) July 25, 2016
How miserable an existence do you have to be leading to complain about pre-7PM toddler noise? https://t.co/AC5oy2wE3E
â Jennifer (@_MaJen) July 25, 2016
Why not find something constructive to do with your time instead of complaining about toddlers in a park: https://t.co/rzQsqqr9oP
â D. Ramnarine (@1goatroti) July 25, 2016
While excessive noise seemed to be the big issue among residents regarding Sportballâs program, it wasnât the only one. CBC reports that neighbours also complained about âinvasion of their private space,â as the fences surrounding the park are quite low, leaving residents little privacy.
To resolve the issue, the program has been relocated to Blantyre Park, which is just a 10-minute walk away from the original location.
âLynndale ParketteâŠ quickly proved to be unsuitable for this type of programming,â Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation manager Matthew Cutler said in a City News interview.
Despite this, Cutler also admitted to the CBC that the city did not investigate âwhether or not the complaints were valid or how significant they wereâ before making the change.
While the program is now up and running once again, Gelgor believes the entire incident was unnecessary. âThereâs a lot of stuff going on that we need to worry about,â she said to The Star. âWe donât need to worry about little kids playing.â