Founders Entertainment, the company behind New York’s Governors Ball festival, are bringing a new fest called the Meadows to Queens, and a whole lot of people aren’t too happy about it. The Meadows is set to take place in the parking lot of the Mets’ Citi Field in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on 10/1-2, which is exactly when the technology and crafts-focused Maker Faire is being held outside the New York Hall Of Science, which is also in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. In the past, the Maker Faire has been allowed to use the Citi Field lots for overflow parking, and a spokesperson for the Meadows previously told QNS that that would still be the case. But Dan Wempa, the vice president of the New York Hall Of Science, says that he was told that “no parking exists anywhere at Citi Field because of the concert,” despite the fact that “There really isn’t any significant parking space available elsewhere in the park, or anywhere else nearby.”
“It is astounding that Live Nation and Founders Entertainment are proceeding with their plans for a concert festival on the same weekend as World Makers Faire, a long-established annual event in Flushing Meadows Corona Park that draws upwards of 100,000 visitors,” Wemba said in a statement. “Worse, they are proceeding with a complete lack of transparency or community engagement about how they intend to assure that their event doesn’t negatively impact the park. By bringing another 30,000 to 50,000 people per day into the neighborhood, this poorly planned mega-concert will undermine what we have done over the past seven years to address community concerns about traffic, safety, and parking. It also threatens to undo a lot of cooperation and engagement that has contributed to the success of the World Maker Faire.”
And the New York Hall Of Science aren’t the only ones who have a problem with the fest. As The Times Ledger reports, City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland is also pissed off at the Meadows’ organizers. Initially, the festival billed itself as being partners with the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Alliance, but according to Ferreras-Copeland, that’s just not true. “I believe in bringing cultural events that can spur economic growth to benefit our community. I met with Founders Entertainment to hear their proposals and tell them they must engage more stakeholders to build support for the festival,” she said. “I was troubled to see them then claim the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Alliance as a partner when the alliance is not a partner and was never consulted about this event…There are serious concerns about the impact of a music festival on our community, including how this would impact Maker Faire, an existing and popular event in the same park on the same days. Founders must engage around issues like traffic, safety and economic impact before it earns our community’s support.”
So yeah, kinda seems like poor planning all around.