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 companyâ€™s 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 â€śresidents have petitioned to have Sportball removed from utilizing the parkette for the entire summer season.â€ť
The email also noted that if the program continued, both Sportball and parents could be fined.
â€śHow out of control could they be?â€ť Meagan Ryder, whose son was in the program, told CBC. â€śThere's not even whistles. There's six or eight pylons that make a square. They're learning to kick a ball.â€ť
Another mom, Yana Andersen, agreed that the programâ€™s ban was absurd. â€śWe were shocked first of all that a kidsâ€™ program that runs over the weekend during the day would induce such a strong reaction,â€ť she told City News. â€śThereâ€™s barely any noise.â€ť
Twitter users were equally baffled and upset by Lynndale Parketteâ€™s 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 Sportballâ€™s program, it wasnâ€™t the only one. CBC reports that neighbours also complained about â€śinvasion of their private space,â€ť 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.
â€śLynndale Parketteâ€¦ quickly proved to be unsuitable for this type of programming,â€ť 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 â€śwhether or not the complaints were valid or how significant they wereâ€ť before making the change.
While the program is now up and running once again, Gelgor believes the entire incident was unnecessary. â€śThereâ€™s a lot of stuff going on that we need to worry about,â€ť she said to The Star. â€śWe donâ€™t need to worry about little kids playing.â€ť