Not buying it
Re: Taste. Surely the food festival, and similar large commercial events, should not be held on parks and playing fields. There are other places they could be held such as the showgrounds at Green Lane or Ellerslie racecourse to name a few.
Does this desire to hold these events on public green space have something to do with the parks section of council wanting to ‘‘market’’ the parks to get some additional revenue?
I have been concerned for sometime that a similar thing is happening to Western Springs. This was supposed to be a wildlife reserve. And on occasions the park seems to be fenced off to prevent public use for what seems like a week at a time or more. The impact of large and noisy events must have some negative impacts on the wildlife and the animals in the zoo.
This use of the parks seems to me to amount to commercialisation of public space. Next you will probably see large hoardings advertising products in the parks.
And believe me, it has already been tried before in old Auckland city. A liquor company was going to erect signage for the parks. Council staff supported the proposal but two citizens objected. I was one of them.