Petition to ban fireworks at golf club
Eagles Nest is working with the city and fireworks provider to calm concerns
On March 17, the Eagles Nest Golf Club set off its first round of fireworks of the season to celebrate a wedding hosted at the club. Residents took to Facebook to voice their concerns as some Thornhill Woods residents complained that they had heard the fireworks from as far as Bathurst Street and Rutherford Road, and others claimed that the sound had woken up their small children. Vaughan resident Daniel Granat took the opportunity to send a letter to the mayor’s office to remind him of this ongoing issue.
“[Eagles Nest] been doing it for a long time. But it wasn’t as strong as it was, and now it’s unbearable,” said Granat. “I was the one who first spoke about it to the city, but I can see now it’s not only me. It’s everyone. I can agree with some people there. It definitely feels like gunshots.”
Last December, Granat circulated a petition with more than 250 signatures requesting that the golf club end its fireworks displays. After he made a deputation to Vaughan City Council, he was told that they would continue to monitor the situation.
Neil Wilner, the director of sales and marketing at Eagles Nest, said that the club has worked with Firemaster Productions, the fireworks provider, to keep the velocity of the fireworks down. He also added that they have abided by the 10 p.m. cut-off for fireworks and have kept their displays down to five minutes.
“We’re talking five minutes,” said Wilner. “A thunderstorm can be a lot longer in duration and just as noisy.”
Local councillor Sandra Yeung Racco said that she has asked the owners of Eagles Nest to try to relocate the fireworks to a location where it would have the least impact on surrounding homes.
“After consulting with my Fire Department and the By-law and Compliance Department, staff confirmed that they had secured the appropriate permits, and they were compliant with our by-law, and as such, there is no issue that we can bring forward,” Yeung Racco wrote in an email to Post City. “We need to be fair, and as long as they comply to our by-law, we really don’t have any issues.”
However, Granat said he was concerned that, when the weather warms up, there will be more disruptive fireworks. Currently, Eagles Nest has six permits for fireworks events that have been booked between the time of this writing until the end of November.
I can agree with some people there. It definitely feels like gunshots.”
The entrance of Eagles Nest Golf Club