Denver Debates Hosting a Massive Coachella-Like Music Fest on Public Land
The City of Denver, AEG and Superlfy have proposed a new music festival to take place at Denver's Overland Park Golf Course. Projections say the Coachella-like festival would bring an estimated $1 million to $2.5 million to the city, but Overland Park neighborhood activists and local music-industry leaders have concerns.This article originally appeared on Westword
Overland Park Neighborhood Association secretary Terry Pasqua listens to a presentation about a music festival that would be held on the Overland Park Golf Course.
The entertainment giants and the city floated the multimillion-dollar music festival they want to throw on the Overland Park Golf Course, the oldest course in the state, past neighbors at a meeting on Monday, January 30. The project would turn public land into a major moneymaker.
At the meeting, which was held at the Overland Bar and Grill in the course's clubhouse, representatives of Mayor Michael Hancock's administration said that the festival would bring an estimated $1 million to $2.5 million to the city and, if all goes as planned, much more to the corporations that say they will donate some of the revenue to local nonprofits.
Fred Weiss, director of finance for Denver Parks and Recreation, said that some revenue generated from the project would land back in the Overland Park neighborhood and the golf course, though he admitted it wasn't a guarantee; if Hancock runs for a third term (he's currently raising money), he would likely face opposition, and another mayor might use the potential music-festival revenue differently...