Tuesday afternoon, the Tisbury select board unanimously approved a conditional agreement for the use of Veterans Memorial Park to facilitate the Beach Road Weekend “350” concert series on July 23, 24, and 25. The agreement includes an updated security deposit, town administrator Jay Grande told the board. Grande said he was finalizing the payroll for town personnel who will be on the job during the concert.
Planning board member Ben Robinson, who represents Tisbury on the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, asked if funds were being set aside for the long-term maintenance of the park’s fields.
Grande said there was no provision in the agreement relative to that this year, but said it was an “important” idea.
Select board chair Jeff Kristal said he didn’t hold the opinion the concert series had a detrimental effect on the park. Kristal said concert promoter Adam Epstein “puts a considerable amount of money” back into the park. He also said the DPW tends to the park. “I’m sure somebody will probably propose synthetic in the next couple of weeks anyway,” Kristal joked.
Epstein said he was proud of investments he’d made in the fields after the last concert, including funding a landscaper to do work on them.