Public weighs in on Westbrook outdoor concert proposal


(NEWS CENTER) -- Seeing the success of the Waterfront Concerts in Bangor, several Southern Maine communities have considered outdoor concert venues of their own.

In Westbrook, plans to put an outdoor pavilion in the Riverbank Park are moving forward.

City officials say they were approached by a well-known, but so far, unnamed concert promoter months ago. They've drawn up plans to put a stage next to the American Legion building, and have 25 covered seats with space for an additional one thousand people standing.

The city has not detailed the cost, or how they'd pay for it -- but are seeking public input before presenting a proposal to the city council.

In a meeting Thursday night, some neighbors worried about noise, traffic, and parking.

"When these events come in the summertime, our neighborhood isn't really usable for us because it's just too crowded," said Westbrook resident Carson Wood.

But some business owners said they're encouraged by the economic impact concerts could bring.

Assistant City Administrator Bill Baker said they are still early in the planning process.

"I remain optimistic that this can happen, and it would be a very good thing for Westbrook," said Baker.


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