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Salem parks commission nixes Bass Wars contest

March 29, 2012

SALEM - The city Parks Commission discussed car shows planned for this summer on park property, but a contest featuring the booming bass of car stereos won't be among them.

The commission denied approval for Phantom Auto Works to host a proposed Bass Wars on July 8 at Waterworth Memorial Park, with both members present expressing their reservations and dislike of the idea.

"I'm just afraid we're asking for trouble," Commission Chairman John Panezott said.

He said when cars are just going down the street, that bass from their loud stereos vibrates throughout his home and he was concerned about how the noise would affect the houses near the park.

"We have to be good neighbors," he said.

Commission member Terry Hoopes said when people think about the parks, they're thinking about peace and quiet. He didn't like the idea of the Bass Wars and said he couldn't imagine what that would be like for six hours.

Parks Director Steve Faber updated members on the plans for car shows at Centennial Park this summer, beginning with June 22 during the Salem Super Cruise. He said he was approached about including motorcycles in that event at the park and thought it would be a good idea. He also said the committee planning for the car cruises, which includes himself, Hoopes, and representatives of the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association and the Tri-State Antique Car Club, discussed having other car shows on the fourth Friday of July and August since those dates don't clash with other major events.

He said the preparations were continuing for the 5K obstacle Race for the ROC slated for June 9 at Waterworth Memorial Park and said there's a need for volunteers. He talked briefly about how they're handling some of the obstacles.

Park Foreman Jim Grimm and Recreation Supervisor Dolores Rogucki both gave reports on preparations for spring and summer, with Grimm updating commissioners on some of his maintenance projects for trimming and cleaning up sticks and opening two restrooms.

"A few people have said to me how beautiful the parks look already," Hoopes said.

The commission approved expenses of $2,150 for the month as of Wednesday.

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