Ef­fects of a mu­sic fes­ti­val at Den­ver’s Over­land golf course

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Johnny Tru­jillo, Ken Staroscik,

Mu­sic fes­ti­vals: they’re huge, they’re packed, and they’re ex­pen­sive. Why would a com­mu­nity want to bring that in? Well, it turns out they’re awe­some for the com­mu­nity.

As some­one who at­tends a lot of mu­sic fes­ti­vals, I can at­test to the fun sense of be­long­ing that comes with them. They also cre­ate jobs in se­cu­rity, clean­ing and work with lo­cal busi­nesses, which see a huge uptick in business. In 2012, the Coachella mu­sic fes­ti­val in In­dio, Calif., cre­ated 3,000 tem­po­rary jobs. Bon­na­roo, a fes­ti­val put on by the same group com­ing to Den­ver, sells out its $200-plus tick­ets every year.

The or­ga­niz­ers of the Den­ver fes­ti­val have al­ready pledged por­tions of the ticket sales to the Over­land Park Golf Course, the dis­placed golfers and the com­mu­nity.

The ques­tion I have is: why not? Give the fes­ti­val a chance to prove how good it can be for the com­mu­nity — you may en­joy it, too.

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In 2018, the fol­low­ing will hap­pen: Over­land Park Golf Course will be shut­ting down for five weeks due to a mu­sic fes­ti­val.

City Park Golf Course will be closed for the en­tire year due to a wa­ter re­ten­tion project.

Fitzsi­mons Golf Course in Aurora will close af­ter the 2017 golf sea­son for “de­vel­op­ment of the land.”

Start­ing in 2018, there will be many old re­tired guys (like my­self ) roam­ing the streets! Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­post.com or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion is for our pur­poses only; we will not share it with any­one else. You can reach us by tele­phone at 303-954-1331.

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