Park board staff recommend approval of second Vancouver Mural Festival concert in August

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      Jonathan Rogers Park could be the site of two celebration concerts in connection with the 2019 Vancouver Mural Festival.

      In a report to the park board, staff have recommended that commissioners approve an application from Live Nation Canada to add a second date on August 9 from 5 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

      The board has already given the green light another Vancouver Mural Festival concert on August 10 featuring local, Indigenous, and Canadian artists.

      For the August 9 show, staff have recommended that commissioners also approve Live Nation's application for a special event permit from the B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch to serve alcohol to up to 5,000 guests at the concert.

      The issue will go before the park board on Monday (December 3).

      Jonathan Rogers park is at 111 West 7th Avenue and is within 600 metres of two SkyTrain stations.

      Last year on August 11, the inaugural Vancouver Mural Festival concert was held in Jonathan Rogers Park, featuring A Tribe Called Red and Charlotte Day Wilson.

      "The event was delivered effectively and within the parameters expected by the Park Board," the report states.

      This included the "well executed" set up and tear down. The playground remained open during these periods.

      According to the report, free public arts programming was provided in the concert area prior to the event; there were "no significant impacts to the field condition"; and because of well-managed sound engineering, there were no public complaints.

      "The collaboration between the organizers of the Vancouver Mural Festival and Live Nation Canada represents an exciting incremental expansion to the music programming of Vancouver's largest free public art festival," the report notes.