Should we stop using Peacock Park for events?
I got this photo from Glenn's blog, there are many more you can see if you click over.
While it might be true that most of the events that take place in the park do not trickle down to the rest of the Grove, they do bring people to the village. But do we need the people here? Keep in mind that most events are not sanctioned or run by the Grove, they are just people with an event who need a place to hold the event and it ends up being Peacock Park. The City makes out like bandits with all their service fees and the BID makes some money on it too. It's nice having events here, or is it? The park is not usually torn up and the grass is usually in good shape after most events.
I've always like events in the park; I've not always been a fan of the gates that go up to keep people out, but it seems like Peacock Park is our Central Park and events seem to just end up there. With the new Regatta Park, I suspect some events will shift to that location.
But should we or should we not have the events in the park? Should we or should we not have the events in the Grove? If there is not much of a trickle down effect, do we need that many people in the village? Are they spending time and money elsewhere? Should we not have Grovetoberfest, the Bed Race, the Seafood Festival, Pumpkin Patch and the rest? I think we should, many locals feel we shouldn't.
I like having events in the Grove, but maybe it's just out of laziness; as I don't really have to travel to enjoy them. I suspect if the Bed Race or Grovetoberfest move to Wynwood or some other area, I probably won't attend. It's sort of like City Hall, many people feel it belongs in downtown Miami and the old Pan Am Terminal here in the Grove should become an airline museum or restaurant or something like that; I always feel that I like having City Hall under my nose, for convenience sake. That's probably why I like events in Peacock Park.
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