Chestnut Hill Pickles: Philadelphia’s Neighbors in Pickle Picks on Noisy Courtyards

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – A popular sport is sending neighbors in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood into a tailspin.

People living behind the Water Tower Recreation Center claim the sport of rugby is so loud it breaks the city’s noise regulations.

Players say that the field is the only place they have to play the game.

Neighbor Joe O’Donnell said: ‘It was as loud as a rock concert. He says he doesn’t open his window 9 months out of the year.

“We want them to enforce the law. That’s all. Let’s make them stop making noise. That’s all,” he said.

“They buy near the entertainment center. That’s what I don’t understand. If I buy near the bar and the bar on the corner, that’s what I get,” says Scratchy, who lives in the neighborhood and frequents. play on the field.

The sport itself is very similar to tennis, except that the ball is made of plastic and the paddle is usually made of wood. Every time the two connect, they make a separate explosion, like a baseball hit.

Neighbors say the sport is so loud that it breaks the city’s noise regulations, which allow excessive noise to be 5 decibels above the normal background level.

That’s usually anywhere from 60 to 80 decibels in an urban neighborhood. Action News used the decibel noise tracker, found a game registered at 79.

“We had some people come in and do some acoustic analysis and it was 70-75 decibels,” said Braden Keith, a rugby player working with the research center to find a solution. , is what we read.

One idea they have is soundproofing the fence. Another game is to flip the tennis courts and melon balls so that the game is further away from the houses. It can cost up to $100,000.

Keith believes it’s worth it.

“This checks a lot of boxes for the things we want in the city,” says Keith. “It keeps adults active, it builds community, it’s cross-generational.”

Meanwhile, the city is getting in on the action. It establishes a seasonal schedule for when the courts can be used. During the summer, during the week, the courts are closed during the day for tennis camps.

Rugby players can use the fields from 4-8pm. The yards are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.

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