Welcome To Your Town Park
Posted by auroracitizen on August 2, 2010
A reader sent in a note that as of midnight Thursday night, a perimeter fence had been erected around our Town Park.
Another reader sent in a quick snap of the fence and indeed, yep, there it is (picture is slightly blurry, sorry folks). An approximately 6 foot tall fence completely surrounds the Town Park.
Just as an aside, another concern emerges when looking at the picture. Clearly visible in the picture is Town of Aurora staff, unloading picnic benches from a Town owned vehicle. It begs the question, in addition to the $2000 the Town has fronted this event, are we as taxpayers’ also on the hook for staff and municipal town resources? Are we paying for set up, clean up and take down of this event? It would be nice to know just what this event actually cost us.
Last year, the “Aurora” Jazz Festival was not encased in steel fencing. The park was open to anyone. You could shop at the Farmer’s Market and then sit a picnic bench and listen to music. It was, supposedly, a “special event” associated with the Farmer’s Market. To spark “awareness” of the Market and/or “grow” the market. Last year, Music and Farmer’s market vendors mingled together in an open park. This year, we have farmer’s market vendors turfed from the park and replaced with “other” vendors, perimeter fencing erected around the park and a fee to even enter it!
Speaking of the $5 fee, in the recent Era Banner article (July 28th) the issue of the entry fee to the park was raised. The article states, “Another new addition is the $5 admission fee. Patrons will receive a bracelet that allows access to Town Park. The fee is to help the festival grow, Mrs. St. Kitts said.”
So, if we understand the quote correctly, you, the tax payer are to pay $5, to enter YOUR park, so that a private business, St.Kitts Music, producers of the Festival, can “grow” their venture??
In the same article, Ms. St. Kitts says, “The August long weekend belongs to the Aurora community.” Really?
Tell that to the Farmer’s Market vendors, tell that to the residents who live around the park who weren’t consulted about a 48 hour music festival in their neighbourhood, tell that to the tax payers of Aurora who fronted $2000 (that we know of) to this commercial venture.
Then explain how this is a “community” event.