City Council gives extra week of scrutiny to music festival contract
Neighbors of Overland Park Golf Course had plenty to say Monday about a proposed five-year contract with a major festival producer for a new three-day event each September, but Denver City Council members said they needed more time to decide the issue.
They saved their vote for July 31 after Councilman Jolon Clark, whose south Denver district includes Overland Park, requested the one-week delay on consideration of the contract. City officials delivered the agreement last Tuesday, so the delay gave the council 13 days to look it over.
The late-night hearing began at 9:30 p.m. and attracted 28 speaker sign-ups. Both opponents and supporters chimed in.
“Remember when Colorado turned down the Olympics?” said Kathy Hamilton, who lives in northwest Denver. “Our state didn’t want the crowd nor the expense. Overland Park neighborhood is rejecting the equivalent of the Olympics.”
Added Joanne Weiss, who lives across the street from the golf course: “From the beginning, our voices have been drowned out by a tsunami of hype and propaganda.”
Superfly, the New York City-based outfit behind the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco and rural Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, has eyed Overland Park Golf Course for a new music fest that would occur on the second or third weekend of each September, starting in 2018.