Our children deserve to play!
Our children deserve to play!
Our children and the children living in our community are having what I feel is their basic rights as children stolen from them. This community has two sections. The “new” section in which they have made the rule that children are not allowed. And the “old” section in which they continue to allow young families with children into. As per the rules our children are allowed to be here but they are NOT allowed play-sets, a basketball net in our driveway, a pool among countless other things. Our children get harassed and yelled at when they do simple things such as riding their bikes or playing outside. They have always been respectful of their neighbours in fact they often take it upon themselves to help out around our community. They have raked leaves in the fall, they have carried groceries, shovelled snow in winter months etc. All at their own discretion without being asked to do so! Many of our neighbours support our children and say they enjoy seeing and hearing the laughter of children around the community.
I am here today however to asking for support for one main issue. A pool. As per community rules our children are not allowed to have a pool that is any more than 6” in height. This being a small kiddie wading pool of which in fact none exist at that height. Through my research I’ve discovered that the average kid wading pool measures 6.9” in height. Thus making it technically against the rules anyways. We have requested permission for a pool numerous times without anything but a hard NO. “Absolutely no pool exceeding 6” in height is to be allowed in this community.” All we have requested is to have a small blow up pool available for our children from the 1st of June to the 31st of August. We have agreed to abide by the by laws of the township, as well as to keep everything tidy, safe, clean etc as to not disrupt their “image.” We have also agreed to pay any and all water charges that may be associated with our pool. By law has been contacted and out to view our set up and have confirmed no issues what’s so ever. However, we have learned that by law doesn’t have authority in our community. Also, after taking the issue to lawyers they have also confirmed that there is nothing they can even do because these trailer park communities have the most leeway of any other to make whichever rules they please.
Our issues are that if you are going to allow children into a community such as this but than not allow them to live with such amenities they deserve that is WRONG. Children deserve a home where they can have fun and play and grow. Here, they cannot do that. Every move we make we are harassed and get complaints and letters and threats. I will not stand for this for my children. At ages 6 through 13 my children simply cannot play in a 6.9” wading pool intended for babies and toddlers. We are not asking for much, but we are asking for some compassion and fair opportunities for our children. We do not feel we are entitled to break rules or bend rules as we please BUT we do deserve some justice for our kids. In the midst of the 30+ degree summer heat we should not have to be forced from our home in order to enjoy a swim. We agree to and have already made sure everything we wish to do involving our pool has passed any laws etc in our area. There should be no good reason for anything to hold us back from this. When first presented with this issue the ONLY explanation we could get as to why we were not allowed was because “if we let you have a pool than everyone will want one” That is an unreasonable excuse. We have many neighbours who were willing to even go as far as court with us to fight this. Each and everyone of our immediate neighbours have no issues with our pool. The second time this issue was presented was when new owners took over and again enforced the “absolutely no pools over 6” in height” rule.
One of our children has special needs and high anxiety making a pool of our very own extremely therapeutic for him and we are currently in the process of trying to get some sort of doctors recommendation to help us fight this.
CAPREIT claims and I quote “t CAPREIT we treat our residents with the utmost respect and strive to meet their needs well beyond their rental apartment. The reason for our success is simple: the needs of our residents are central to our operation and influence everything we do. We not only work with our residents to provide a home, but we work to create a comfortable residential community in which to live.”
They have in fact NOT done or provided any of this. They claim to pride themselves on creating a community to be proud of by all residents. There is absolutely nothing here to be proud of. If you enjoy walking on egg shells and paying money for land in which you cannot do anything on than this is the place for you. Unreasonable rules, harassment, being spied on, threatened. This is not a community for children and young families.
The solution we are striving for is that IF CAPREIT wants to continue to allow children into this community that they make changes to their rules with children in mind. We wish to be allowed our small inflatable pool no more than 48” in height and 6-8ft across. All water costs at our expense and a time line in which we must set up and take down. We are willing to work to come to a reasonable agreement together. If they wish to continue to have rules such as this than it would be in everyone’s best interest to NOT allow children into the community. It is as simple as that.
You may find this silly and that’s okay. But please remember this is for the children in our community. Not just ours but all the children here now and the children than may come in the future. If you wouldn’t begrudge your child of these things than we shouldn’t have to either. So, I ask that you please sign this petition so that we can help make a change for our kids. Summer is hot and each year it gets hotter! We should be able to enjoy our property the way we see fit for our children. And I should not have to force my special needs child into a situation that makes him uncomfortable just so he can go for a swim which is a huge part of summer fun for a child.