Deaf camp races all shut down
ParrySound.com Evan French
A dirt track in Seguin Township - which was named last-year’s favourite track by the Canadian Motorsport Racing Club - will be silent this summer if the owner is unable to resolve a zoning issue.
For more than a decade, the Ontario Camp of the Deaf has been home to ATV, dirt bike and off-road driving competitions. The camp also offers ATVing to young campers from across the province.
Derek Rumball, owner of the camp, said he was dumbfounded after receiving a letter from the township in early April, which said any motorized racing activity at the camp is prohibited.
“They’ve received complaints around the noise and traffic on the roads when we have events at the camp,” said Rumball.
The township’s director of planning services, Chris Madej, said the township looked into the matter last summer, after receiving complaints from local ratepayers who said the noise and traffic associated with the events is just too much. He said after reviewing the camp’s zoning status, he sent a letter reminding Rumball that motorized events aren’t allowed.