New Pigeon Forge park causing problems for neighbors

New Pigeon Forge park causing problems for neighbors

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Another issue is the noise from the five baseball fields which you can see from their backyards. Another issue is the noise from the five baseball fields which you can see from their backyards.
They have now posted several signs on trees warning people not to trespass on their property, and expressing to county officials their concerns. They have now posted several signs on trees warning people not to trespass on their property, and expressing to county officials their concerns.
"Everyone can look through my windows," said neighbor Michelle Thomas. "We have people walking by left and right. It's awful." "Everyone can look through my windows," said neighbor Michelle Thomas. "We have people walking by left and right. It's awful."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - People who live near Wear Farm City Park, which just opened in March, say their lives have been turned upside down.

"Used to be we had a nice life here," said neighbor Jim Mason. "It's gone now."

He's one of many who say if something is not done they are not going to be able to live there anymore.

The four families who live in the Smokey Ridge town homes on High Valley Drive used to enjoy sitting on their back porches.

They say when the park opened that all changed.

"Everyone can look through my windows," said neighbor Michelle Thomas. "We have people walking by left and right. It's awful."

The park's walking trail borders their property.

Another issue is the noise from the five baseball fields which you can see from their backyards.

"There's actually days where I want to sleep I've actually slept in my garage," said Mason. "That's how loud it is."

"I have to turn my TV up all the way, so I don't have to hear it," said Thomas.

They also have problems with people trespassing on their property to get to the park, people throwing trash on their property, and baseballs landing in their back yards.

They have now posted several signs on trees warning people not to trespass on their property, and expressing to county officials their concerns.

They have attended two city council meetings, and even started a petition, but they say has changed.

Right now, they asking city officials just for one thing.

"Basically, I would like a wall," said Thomas. "The reason for that at least people won't trespass through our yards, also the buffering. They have buffering walls."

"Please build a wall," said Mason. "You spent 20 million on a park, at least you can do for the tax payers of this city, is to build a wall for our privacy and security."

The neighbors we spoke with said city officials did plant some shrubs and put up small no trespassing signs, but they really have not worked.

They say they plan to continue to fight.

Since nothing has happened yet all four families have put their town homes up for sale.

We reached out to city officials for comment, but we have not heard back.

Even though these neighbors are complaining, some people say Wear Farm City Park brings a lot more benefits then problems.

On Friday, a softball tournament was being held at the park.

The commissioner of youth softball for the state of Tennessee was there and had this to say about the neighbors complaints.

"I think when you bring in a large softball event of 40 to 50 teams it has a huge economic impact on your community," said commissioner Kim Swafford. "There's an estimate that every family that comes spends at least two nights. They spend $100 a day per family in your community. I think that far out weighs noise or maybe the lights staying on too late."

The commissioner says Wear Farm City Park closes at ten which is much earlier than most sports complexes.

She says they are very impressed with this park and plan to have future tournaments here.

 

 

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