Music in the Park expanding to also include monthly Sunday concerts this summer

The Philomath Park Advisory Board reviewed Music in the Park concert dates during its monthly meeting Thursday afternoon and the schedule will be an expanded version of what has been offered to the public in previous years.

In addition to the four Thursday evenings, the series will add three Sunday concerts, perhaps a fourth if a final band is found for the last spot. The weeknight concerts run from 6-8 p.m. and the Sunday concerts from 2-4 p.m. All performances are staged in the gazebo area at Philomath City Park.

The most recent version of the concert lineup on the Thursday evenings includes Kenny Pellett & Son (May 20), Dale Ullrich Band (June 17), Animism Ensemble (July 15) and Scruggs & the Steel Benders (Aug. 19). It does not appear that Philomath students will participate this year.

The Sunday concert lineup currently includes The Hootenanny in the Holler (May 30), Tin Can Alley (June 27) and 8balls Band (July 25). A fourth Sunday concert could occur on Aug. 29 if a band is found.

The park board briefly discussed the possibility of Music in the Park teaming up with the Philomath Farmers’ Market in some way on those Sundays, but the idea lost momentum with a closer look at what would be involved.

City Manager Chris Workman felt the farmers’ market would have reservations about moving off Applegate Street on those Sundays to a less-visible location at Philomath City Park.

“My concern is the market would be concerned about losing all that traffic. I think they’d be really hesitant to move their entire outfit,” Workman said. “Part of the thing with the market is you want to be consistent so people know where it’s going to be and it’s going to be every Sunday and if they’re going to move once a month to a different location, that’s going to hurt them, I think, in the long run.”

In other news from the March 11 meeting:

• Workman provided an update on the Park Master Plan survey effort. The survey is currently online and a plan was organized to deliver hard copies to residents. A deadline of March 26 was set as a deadline for residents to participate in the survey.

• On the neighborhood park proposed as part of the Millpond Crossing development, Workman said the planning is at a little bit of a standstill because the developer is focused on finishing Phase 2 construction. Workman is accepting play structure ideas from board members to pass along to the developer for consideration.

• The effort to organize a Paul Cochran Memorial Park survey for residents living in the North 16th Street vicinity is planned for next month. Board volunteers plan to canvass several blocks surrounding the proposed park site on April 10.

• Workman provided a snapshot presentation to the board about the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Park Master Plan and the process that takes place to take an idea to project completion.


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