|An estimated 17,000 people attended Bacon Fest II in Easton last Saturday.|
To that effect, he plans on meeting with the organizers of a number of the city's most popular events, including Heritage Day and the Easton Garlic Fest to discuss their needs and gather input before possible future policies are put in place.
"We're going to come up with a policy for special events," Panto said.
Some things that might be considered for the future include:
- a possible ban on closing Larry Holmes Drive while Centre Square is also closed to motor vehicles, to make sure traffic flows more smoothly through the city during festivals
- prohibiting the pitching of vendor tents in the Centre Square roadway area due to emergency response concerns
- ways to eliminate access to city shops being blocked by temporary vendors and festival activities
As the number and scope of special events in the city has grown, some may go by the wayside, Panto said.
"We might look at some of the smaller events and eliminate them, like we've eliminated Community Spirit Day this year," he suggested.
Others might be moved from Centre Square to the riverfront and take place in Scott and/or Riverside parks, he added.
But most events probably won't be relocated and the city will just work to make things run more smoothly when crowds attend them.
"The traditional big meeting space in the city is Centre Square," he said.