City Staff are recommending not only to continue the pilot program of renting out the Newtown Amphitheater, but to expand the pool of renters to non-residents.
This is despite the aggravation of the additional noise and inconvenience to the neighboring subdivision of Chartwell.
We wrote about Newtown troubles here.
The City rented out Newtown Amphitheater once, and it was a challenge for the area, despite the fun. For the Freedom Mela festival, the renters claimed 2,000 people were expected, and more than 10,000+ attended. The Celebration extended their slotted time and then resulted in the Police shutting down the event. The entire Newtown area of the City was affected by parked cars (many illegally).
Nonetheless, Assistant City Manager Kim Greer, recommends the City Council to continue the rental program and expand it for income. She is also recommending limiting the high impact rentals (of 500+ people) events to 1 per month. This is in addition to the City’s robust schedule of concerts and events.
What do you think?