Fairview Park residents apparently hate being in the flight path for airplanes. The noise, noise, noise. It apparently drives them crazy. So much so, it seems that they want Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to fix the problem.
Airport officials heard those complaints. Fairview Park residents can now use an online portal to make themselves heard about excessive noise from jets flying in and out of Hopkins. A tab has been added to the airport website for people to make complaints about noise. Hopkins staff devised the portal at the suggestion of Ward 1 Councilwoman Sara Wering.
Frankly, we don’t understand what the fuss is about.
We can’t help but eye-roll a little about this issue. West Side residents should be used to airplane noise. There are worse noises, such as the sound snow plow trucks make when they hit pavement at 40 mph at 3 a.m. Screeeeecchhh. Talk about nails on a chalkboard.
Or how about the BAM BAM BAM of construction or roadwork, something North Ridgeville residents near Center Ridge Road suffer through daily in that road’s never-ending story.
Then there’s businesses in basement offices forced to hear every footstep, table-drag or stomping from the offices above.
Cleveland Hopkins opened July 1, 1925. Fairview Park became a city on Sept. 5, 1951. So who was there first?
Hopkins already voluntarily participates in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 150 Noise Compatibility Program. The program is designed to identify land-use strategies for reducing excessive noise in surrounding communities. Reports show that in April, May and June 2019, there were a total of 22 complaint calls about noise from Fairview Park residents, up 16% from the previous year. That compares to an unusual 50 calls of complaint during that same time from Rocky River residents. That number was significantly higher than those before or since from River residents. In fact, 47 of the 50 calls were made in June, making us think that maybe someone was just cranky that month.
We are not saying that Fairview Park, in particular the West 210th Street corridor, doesn’t experience a lot of flyovers. In the second quarter of 2019, there were 32,644 landings and takeoffs from Hopkins, an increase of 0.11% from 2018 in that same time period. Not all flew directly over Fairview Park, but a good number of them probably did.
It used to be that you could park along the fence on Brookpark Road to watch planes take off and land. Security reasons forced airport officials to take that pleasure away.
If you live near a freeway, you are going to hear traffic noises. If you live along railroad tracks, you will hear trains. Move to a suburb near an airport, you are going to hear airplanes.