CHICAGO (TOC) — Some Lawndale residents mentioned they need to hold music festivals out of Douglass Park for the nice of the neighborhood.
The residents say it is more durable to return by quiet days within the park as a result of it is usually closed off when music festivals are being arrange and brought down.
“We lose entry to it for roughly 45 days out of the summer season, which implies folks do not get to run right here, folks do not get to deliver their canines, folks do not get to have picnics with their households,” mentioned jose Manuel Almanza, Unete La Villita.
Unete La Villita, a company in South Lawndale, is a part of a rising effort to maintain music festivals out of the park. Up to now this yr the park has hosted Lyrical Lemonade Summer time Smash in June and Heatwave Music Competition, new to the park, in July. Residents are actually hoping to cease Riot Fest from establishing in September. Riot Fest has referred to as Douglass Park dwelling since 2015.
“They do not do a very good job cleansing up after, they don’t seem to be being good neighbors, and sufficient is sufficient,” Almanza mentioned.
There’s a web based petition to cease music fests in Douglass Park, saying many actions have needed to relocate as a result of the grounds have been broken. Pals of the Parks mentioned they’d prefer to see town designate an outside live performance area.
“Proper now, the entire discuss with Soldier Discipline, that’s positively one thing that needs to be thought of,” mentioned Elvia Rodriguez Ochoa, Pals of the Parks.
The Chicago Park District began requiring competition organizers to carry not less than one public assembly as a part of their neighborhood engagement plan. Final week, the occasion planner for Riot Fest held a gathering and plenty of who attended mentioned it didn’t go nicely.
“He had his arms crossed. His physique language was confrontational and defensive,” Almanza mentioned.
That occasion planner has since stepped down and Riot Fest apologized, with a spokesman releasing a press release saying, “We do not condone the tone and apologize to the Douglass Park neighborhood as it isn’t reflective of RF’s values or any of our previous work within the park. We respect the issues of the neighbors and need to ensure they’re heard and addressed.”
Plans stay in place for the three-day Riot Fest to happen beginning Sept. 16.
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