, 2023-01-04 15:07:56,
A new year in Carbondale means a fresh take on many of the iconic events that are closely tied to the city’s identity. On December 6, 2022, the Special Events Task Force (SETF) met to review the schedule and discuss the changes. The SETF was established in 2013 to resolve scheduling conflicts and open a line of communication between event organizers and residents of city event sites.
In total, the 2023 calendar features 97 days of events on City property. “We don’t lack vitality,” said Eric Brendlinger, director of the parks and recreation department.
Among many family events, two pickleball tournaments are scheduled. “The demand will be staggering,” organizer Trevor Cannon told the SETF, with more than 350 anticipated participants. Another new addition is the Nuche Powwow, which will commemorate Indigenous Peoples Day on October 9. The SETF’s recommendations will be approved by the Town’s Board of Trustees at its first meeting of the year on January 10.
Other topics of discussion included a fee increase for renting the city-owned stage, which requires city staff to assemble and disassemble. Events with more than 500 participants will trigger new security requirements, such as an emergency operations plan and hired guards. The Chamber of Commerce is in dialogue with Main Street businesses to explore the establishment of an “entertainment district” that will allow common consumption downtown during the First Friday festivities….
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