Concert promoter explains decision to pull Playfair Park proposal

A concert promoter says he has pulled his proposal to hold a two-day music festival, with as many as 20,000 attendees each night, in Playfair Park every July over the next eight years.

However, he said he plans to continue talks with Parks and Recreation on what the best next steps are in regard to hosting an event of this nature in Missoula.

Scott Osburn had tried to get permission to use the public park from the Missoula City Council in late October and again in November. He said he looked at multiple sites for the festival and decided that Playfair Park offered the best opportunity. However, although some people spoke in support of the project, most public commenters were neighbors in the vicinity of the park who were opposed due to noise, traffic and other concerns. The City Council’s Parks and Climate Committee narrowly voted down the proposal last week.

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A map of Playfair Park. No baseball or softball fields would be used for the proposed festival, except one portion of a softball field

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