Will the Music Festival Move?
Making noise in the heart of Del Ray.
One person’s treasure is another person’s frustration.
Due to noise concerns, the City’s Special Events Committee is reviewing the Del Ray Music Festival. At this point, next year’s music festival will move from Colasanto Park to a less central (undetermined) location.
I live within close earshot of Colosanto Park, the green space adjacent to Mount Vernon Recreation Center, where most major Del Ray events are held. From my home, I can hear everything from event music to the elementary school’s fire drills. I see these sounds as a part of our neighborhood soundtrack—a byproduct of being in the mix.
As a mom of three children under the age of 4, having community events in a central location—surrounded by restaurants and playgrounds and easily accessed by foot—is critical to our participation. By having festivals in the heart of our business strip, visitors are encouraged to patron local restaurants and shops.
I love the events throughout the year that bring our community together to celebrate local art, music, food and business. There is something magical about sitting with neighbors and watching the kids run and dance as we wait for the Cinema Del Ray movie to begin. It is this community spirit that really makes Del Ray shine.
My husband and I moved to Del Ray fully aware that we'd occasionally hear music or have local streets closed. We moved here so that we could be in the mix of a thriving community that is uniquely family friendly.
Events like the music festival should be encouraged—and they should remain at the core of our community. Without them, we lose a big part of what makes Del Ray so special.
If you want to keep events such as the Del Ray Music Festival in a central and easily accessible location, let the city know. Email Jack Browand (email@example.com) and Cheryl Lawrence (Cheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org) of the Department of Parks and Recreation, who will address all comments through the city’s Special Events Committee.
The committee will meet with the Del Ray Business Association to further discuss these issues in July.
How do you feel about events moving away from Colosanto Park? Tell us in the comments.