Neighbors say Balboa Park getting too noisy

Posted at 6:29 AM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-08 10:01:16-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diegans pay plenty of money to participate in the events that take place year-round at Balboa Park, but those who live across the street from the park on Sixth Avenue say it's getting out of hand.

"We enjoy our special events, we enjoy the St. Patrick's Day parade, Pride [Festival], but what we're asking for is a good neighbor policy," said Leo Wilson, who lives in a historic apartment that overlooks the park.

Wilson said more events have come as new condos and apartments are built across from the park. He told 10News some of the events start at 5 a.m. and are very loud. His decibel meter registers about 40 on a regular day, but he said it nears dangerous levels of more than 95 during events.

Wilson said one big problem is organizers are putting the speakers too close to the street.

He wants the city to adopt an option outlined in the recently approved Uptown Community Plan update. It calls for requiring event organizers to place their speakers at least 50 feet from the street, and point them east, away from the homes. Noise levels have to be less than 70 decibels when standing on the street.

The problem is, Wilson saidnobody from the city will act on it. A city spokesman didn't immediately respond to 10News' request for comment.

The Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation will discuss the issue at its meeting Monday.