AEG Live - Summary of Public Comment at 10-31-07 Community Meeting

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To: AEG Live Community Meeting Attendees From: Brittany Morris Date: November 5, 2007 Re: 10-30-07 AEG Live Community Meeting – Summary of Public Comment / Q & A and Comment Cards Below you will find a summary of the public comments, questions and answers, and comment cards thfrom the October 30 AEG Live Community Meeting regarding the proposed Mile High Music and Arts Festival. Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions or concerns. Public Comment / Q & A: 1. A local artist asked why there would be an art component to the festival and if noise from the music would interfere with discussion in the designated art area. Response: Chuck Morris (President and CEO of AEG Live – Rocky Mountain Division) responded that art would be included in the festival because, for him, art is a part of the culture and experience of music. Chuck also stated that due to the advancements in sound technology, noise from the concert would not interfere with the art area. 2. An artist and local resident shared a concern regarding parking and stated that homes without off-street parking must be guaranteed a spot to park on the street Response: Chuck Manning (AEG Live’s transportation consultant) agreed with the importance of the gentleman’s concern and stated that this has not been a problem at festivals where his company has executed a transportation plan. 3. A representative from the Denver Police Department said that ...

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To:
AEG Live Community Meeting Attendees
From:
Brittany Morris
Date:
November 5, 2007
Re:
10-30-07 AEG Live Community Meeting – Summary of Public Comment / Q & A and
Comment Cards
Below you will find a summary of the public comments, questions and answers, and comment cards
from the October 30
th
AEG Live Community Meeting regarding the proposed Mile High Music and Arts
Festival.
Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions or concerns.
Public Comment / Q & A:
1. A local artist asked why there would be an art component to the festival and if noise from the
music would interfere with discussion in the designated art area.
Response:
Chuck Morris (President and CEO of AEG Live – Rocky Mountain Division)
responded that art would be included in the festival because, for him, art is a part of the
culture and experience of music.
Chuck also stated that due to the advancements in
sound technology, noise from the concert would not interfere with the art area.
2. An artist and local resident shared a concern regarding parking and stated that homes without
off-street parking must be guaranteed a spot to park on the street
Response: Chuck Manning (AEG Live’s transportation consultant) agreed with the
importance of the gentleman’s concern and stated that this has not been a problem at
festivals where his company has executed a transportation plan.
3. A representative from the Denver Police Department said that there should be restricted parking
north of the park and to the south of 14
th
Street.
4. A resident who lives a ½ block from City Park stated that she liked the fact that some people do
not know about the park.
She noted a concern about noise from the event and stated that due
to the festival, she would have to leave town for 3 days out of the year.
5. A member of the North City Park Civic Association stated that the community should use
positive and proactive measures to address the parking situation.
She noted that a community
advisory committee will be formed to address issues with the festival and that citizen activism
(i.e. block captains) can help make sure this event is not too burdensome.
6. A resident of North City Park at 28
th
and Adams, stated that parking restrictions need to be
extended north of the park because people will find the path of least resistance and find parking
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within a reasonable distance form the park.
He also raised the idea of compensating people
who live near the park with a free or discounted ticket due to the inconvenience of the event.
Response:
Chuck Morris responded that there is a proposed open house night/concert
on Friday, July 18, 2008 for nearby residents and neighborhood organizations.
7. A gentleman asked about the potential downside for barricading 20-30 blocks instead of a few.
Response:
Chuck Manning responded that extending the no parking barricade
significantly further would increase the inconvenience of residents having to obtain
parking permits and it would extend the area that needs security, etc.
8. A resident one block west of the park on Gaylord, noted her concerns with parking and asked
about how churches with daily religious activities would receive permits.
She also had
questions regarding the length of pre and post staging and setup and takedown.
Response: Brittany Morris (CRL Associates) noted that the concert organizers have
been meeting with places of worship regarding the festival and coordinating the
parking/transportation plan to fit within their daily religious activities.
9. A couple who lives near the park simply stated how excited and happy they are about the event.
10. A new City Park resident asked about damage to personal and park property as well as who is
going to clean up trash.
Response: Chuck Morris responded that they will have sufficient insurance for the event
to take care of damage to park property.
Tommy Hauser from AEG Live responded that
teams will patrol the neighborhoods to pick-up trash.
11. A community member asked about East High School and noted a concern regarding the
Esplanade.
He also was concerned with parking for local businesses and the displacement of
regular events that use the park during the proposed summer dates.
Response:
Chuck Morris and Brittany Morris responded that they have been meeting
with East High School and DPS regarding the Esplanade and the high school and that
East High School officials are excited about the event.
East H.S. may be used as a taxi
cab staging area and the event may use DPS buses for shuttling purposes.
Chuck Manning responded that local businesses that need parking may have
designated 1-2 hour parking areas.
12. A gentleman who frequently walks in the park voiced his concern with closing the circuit near
the boat dock as many people walk along this path.
He wanted the area around the lake to
remain open.
13. A South City Park resident, stated that City Park is already beautiful.
He also said that he felt
this event is a done deal.
He asked if any trees were going to be cut down.
Response:
Chuck Morris stated that no trees will be cut down for the event.
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14. A gentleman noted that a potential drought issue needs to be paid attention to as just a few
years ago, Denver was in a serious drought and restrictions were placed on Denver’s parks’
grassy areas.
15. A Greater Park Hill Neighborhood Association member asked about the City Council process
and whether there would be a public hearing for the contract.
Response:
Brittany Morris responded that they will request a courtesy public hearing at
City Council.
16. A local resident and business owner on Colfax, asked if the timeline for the agreement at City
Council is too aggressive in light of how many details need to be worked out for feasibility and
transportation/parking.
Response: Brittany Morris responded that the timeframe for the event is ambitious, but in
order to obtain the big music names the festival organizers desire, the agreement has to
go to City Council soon.
Brittany Morris also stated that the community advisory
committee (CAC) will work very hard after the City Council approval process to ensure
that all details for the event are adequately addressed.
17. A nearby resident questioned Parks & Recreation about the master plan for City Park and
whether there is a limit to the number of events that can be held in a given month at the park.
Response:
Helen Kuykendall (Parks & Recreation Department) answered that the
master plan is a “guide” and that there is a limit on the number of weekends that the park
must remain event-free; however, the proposed festival dates are not during the “event-
free” periods.
18. A Park Hill resident stated that while the timeframe is ambitious for the event, he is excited
about the festival and that activating public places is what makes a great city.
19. A local resident asked if dogs will be allowed in the festival.
Response: Brittany Morris answered that outside of “guide” dogs, no pets will be allowed
at the festival.
Comment Cards:
1. As a member of this community, this is the most exciting prospect that I believe this city has
seen yet.
2. I am concerned about damage to private property around the perimeter of the park.
Landscaping, broken glass, damage to fencing and residential buildings – all of which would be
borne by the private homeowner at their cost.
Unless plans for a fund or something is in plan to
compensate homeowners.
3. I sensed the sincerity of “the Chucks” to do as much as possible to please the close-in
neighborhoods.
I hope the city really gets behind this.
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4. The event should take place in Civic Center or another more suitable venue.
City Park Jazz
should not be bumped due to a fenced-in concert.
5. I cannot support this event in City Park.
The space proposed is constrained by mature trees
and foliage.
Fencing will encourage the creating of “new paths” that will grind the dirt of 30,000
persons.
I recommend that you consider the park adjacent to the Skate Park in the Platte
Valley.
6. Please consider these concerns and issues: 10 day staging set-up, event and take down is too
long to close the park; noise control must be enforced for the 5 stages, the generators, buses,
and trucks during sound checks and rehearsals; you must control diesel fumes from entering
the nearby neighborhoods.
7. Where will crew trailers go?
How much staking is required?
8. We need parking permits for churches and parking restrictions for 20 blocks in all directions.
You also need to have police officers control traffic signals during entire festival.
9. How will this affect the animals at the Zoo?
10. I think that this event will be wonderful for the City of Denver as a whole.
There are of course
many details that need to come together prior to the event but your plan thus far seems great.
11. I think this will be a great event for Denver.
I live in the neighborhood and I’m confident that
AEG will do everything they can to minimize the impact on the community.
12. Concerned that this event is all about the promoter’s profit.
13. I think this festival has great potential for Denver and the City Park neighborhoods.
As a North
City Park resident, I see this as a potential benefit of living in the neighborhood if it is well
organized.
Please continue to seek neighborhood input and just keep us informed on the
progress.
14. As a small business owner on Colfax and a resident half a block away, I am very excited about
this event.
Thank you for bringing this to our neighborhood.
15. This event is way too large for this site, Denver has many large music arenas.
16. City Park Jazz will have to extend its schedule into the 2
nd
weekend of May if this event takes
place.
17. Fantastic – looking forward to it.
18. I think it’s a great idea, and great ideas should be given a chance.
19. Is there any possibility for local non-profits to sell concessions as a fundraiser?
20. If you want community support and cooperation, keep meeting with the neighborhoods and
keep us informed of detail and developments.