Chive Fest – Appropriate for City Park?

by Greg Davis, City Park Alliance

ChiveFestA music festival in City Park known as Chive Fest is garnering a lot of attention recently. This music festival proposed to take place on August 16th will host 7,500 people in an all-day event on the East Meadow of City Park.

Prior to the permits office approving the permit, City Park Friends and Neighbors urged City Park Alliance to sign a letter to the mayor opposing this event.  This letter strongly voices disapproval for the event based on concerns such as parking and noise.  City Park Alliance elected not to sign this letter and not to specifically oppose Chive Fest as the process is within the scope of the Admission Based Events Policy approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in 2010.  This policy gives the Manager of Denver Parks and Recreation authority to approve admission based events in City Park, Civic Center Park, Skyline Park, Central Park-Stapleton, Parkfield Park, and Ruby Hill Park.

We at City Park Alliance would like to like be proactive regarding the current and future implementation of the permitting policy for ticketed events at City Park.  Please consider attending a meeting with representatives from the City of Denver and the event producers of Chive Fest in the VIP room of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Wednesday, July 30th from 6-7pm.

We also need the views presented by City Park Alliance to reflect all park users and not a vocal minority.  Please provide your thoughts using the following polls.






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6 Responses to Chive Fest – Appropriate for City Park?

  1. Jacqui Shumway says:

    Hey Greg and all of the Alliance and Neighbors –

    First, thanks for doing this CHIVE survey!
    There were limited choices in the survey and I am not sure I can make next week’s meeting, so could you address these issues in the meeting?

    My greatest concern with the CHIVE EVENT is the high usage by folks who MAY care nothing about our park. The meadow was in disrepair all the way until June and the iconic view was marred by the orange fencing that had to go up around the re-sodded area – as the result of another event earlier in the Spring… (which I understand only had 2000 in attendance for 3-4 hours and was raising money for a good cause, not for a private business.)

    Also, very drunk individuals were climbing all over the Dr. King monument after one event (sorry, forgot the name) last year, so how much will they be protecting our structures?

    Lastly, will the noise effect the animals in the Zoo?

    So if it is held, which it sounds like is most likely, who will be monitoring this event’s impact on the park? I will be happy to help with an assessment on Monday 8/18/14.

    Finally, I would like to AGAIN see the Alliance holding forums for BIG events and changes in the park BEFORE decisions are made. Then we can avoid all this anguish.

    Always trying to help, so I hope others will weigh in on this. I just care and want our parks and city to be vibrant!

  2. Renee says:

    I have no problem with large festivals being held at City Park so long as they are free. City Park should be open to all the city as a public venue. In fact I wish there was a night market weekly with food trucks, vendors etc year round. Just no ABE.

  3. bridget walsh says:

    one person can vote multiple times from different devices, browsers and socil media sites. How reliable are your resukts. you need to fix that flaw before your survey can have any credibility.

  4. Louis Plachowski says:

    Parks are not event centers. City Park in particular since it is also home to the Zoo. There are many places in our city that are a better fit for events.

  5. Tom Morris says:

    I believe the city has no respect for neighbors. The lateness and urgency of this issue have created a division in the community for no purpose at all. The lack of notification is unacceptable. Enforcing the 80 db loudness limit will certainly not respect the 55 db limit in residential neighborhoods. The city is apparently willing to protect the lawn and trees in the park but not the residents who live nearby.

  6. Leslie Chomic says:

    It’s déjà vu all over again….apparently city officials believe a park is not useful unless it’s “activated.” Parks are meant to serve as refuges from the noise and hustle of urban life. Yet again, neighbors–including zoo animals–must suffer so the city can call itself “vibrant.”

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