EDITORIAL: Raceway a part of Mission

Vehicles racing down the track has happened for decades

It’s not uncommon that one group’s form of recreation or entertainment is another’s annoyance.

Mission Raceway Park has been an institution in the this community for decades.

Thousands of racers and spectators have come through the gates since the doors opened, and it continues

to be a successful enterprise that brings competitors from throughout North America to the National Hot Road Association-approved track.

Judging from comments in letters to the editor, and on The Mission Record’s website and Facebook page, local residents appear split on whether the noise of the cars tearing down the quarter-mile track is invasive or tolerable, or even enjoyable.

There are important considerations to bear in mind that can help frame this discussion, starting with the fact that the raceway predates many residents’ arrival to the District of Mission. Complaining afterwards is akin to moving near an airport and objecting to the noise of planes.

Financially, the raceway brings millions of dollars into the community annually, through competitors and fans purchasing gas, food, lodging and vehicle parts.

These points aside, as a civilized society, this should not be an open-and-shut case. Compromises should be sought wherever possible to try to lessen the extent of the noise that has become as much a part of Mission’s summers as sunshine and mosquitoes.

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Mission Farmers Market holds annual indoor event

Seedy Saturday attracted a large crowd to Heritage Park School as spring approaches

Race and sport examined at new We Are Hockey exhibit in Abbotsford

UFV SASI hosting exhibit looking at hockey history and race

‘Long Island Medium’ Theresa Caputo comes to Abbotsford

Star of hit TV show appears at Abbotsford Centre on April 7

Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards presented to seven recipients

Four from Abbotsford among winners during ceremony on Thursday night

Gas prices spike in Lower Mainland

Two of B.C.’s major fuel suppliers are undergoing maintenance

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

Watchdog called after man who yelled racial slurs at B.C. vigil hurt during arrest

BC RCMP say man was ‘acting suspiciously’ at prayer vigil for victims of New Zealand mosque shootings

NDP’s Jagmeet Singh steps into the House of Commons, making history

Burnaby South MP becomes first visible minority to lead a federal party in the House of Commons

Chilliwack grad says modest dress codes don’t protect girls from assault

Sardis alumni was ‘catcalled, harassed, and groped by my male classmates’ despite modest clothing

One of the biggest cow shows in Canada is coming back to the ‘Wack

Prize money of $240,000 is on offer at the spring Holstein show Friday at Chilliwack Heritage Park

‘Considerably large’ tractor tire fell and killed 3-year-old girl on B.C. farm

Delta’s deputy fire chief said crews tried to helicopter girl out after a tractor tire leaning against a barn fell onto her

Nearly 40% of British Columbians not taking their medications correctly: poll

Introduction of legal cannabis could cause more issues for drug interactions

Mining company fined $70,000 after two workers killed in B.C. truck crash

Broda Construction pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe workplace at Cranbrook rock quarry

B.C. poverty plan combines existing spending, housing programs

Target is to lift 140,000 people out of poverty from 2016 level

Most Read