Lewiston, N.Y. (WKBW) - Usually residents and business owners welcome people and business to their town but in Lewiston they said the free concerts are bringing too many people to the area.
A community meeting was held to discuss the issue, Tuesday. Many residents said that the concerts are much too loud and the crowds are too big. They claim there are cars parked everywhere including on lawns across town. They also worry about the drinking and rowdiness of the concertgoers.
City officials are now looking for ways to control the crowds and they said the best way to do this is to charge for concerts, allowing only a certain number of people inside.
Park officials are also working on renovations, building fences and barriers for crowd control. Currently, they do not have an entrance that is secure and would allow tickets to be collected in an organized manner.
"The thought of 30 thousand people in Lewiston for three hours on a given night is reckless at best," one resident said.
Others disagree with the idea of charging patrons. Some people said they want as many people coming to the area as possible. One business owner said business is better nights of the concert.
Although the plans for renovations are in the works, charging for admission is just a proposal. A decision has not yet been made.
Artpark officials are looking for input from the residents about the issue. They said they would like suggestions on how to keep the successful event going, without upsetting the small town and its residents.