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Queen’s gets noise-bylaw exemption for west campus athletic fields

July 16, 2014

Kingston city council Tuesday night unanimously granted an exemption to its noise bylaw to Queen’s University, allowing ancillary sound from athletic events played at the school’s west campus sports fields.

The vote was 12-0.

The temporary exemption, running through 2015, allows intermittent noise from whistles and amplified sound for the national anthem and game announcements, as well as music during breaks in football games at Richardson Stadium, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., seven days a week.

Residents of neighbourhoods surrounding the stadium, where intercollegiate football games have been played for 43 years, had complained that since a new artificial turf field was built north of the stadium, near Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard, athletic activity — and the noise asociated with it — had increased substantially.

Queen’s amended is original request for an exemption until 11 p.m., and the university has pledged to conducted a noise-mitigation study.

Queen’s is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to replace the aging stadium with a new $35-million structure.

  1. Bill Oliver permalink

    Hopefully, the music during breaks in football games will be turned down from what they have had in recent years.

  2. permalink

    And Claude, now it begins.
    Some one complained to LCVI about the noise from our games on Saturday.

    This outdated antiquated by law is going to end up being a hassle for every sport that uses a whistle in Kingston..
    Peter Wilkie

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