County pulls plug on Emerald Meadows events for 2015

County pulls plug on Emerald Meadows events for 2015 »Play Video
Emerald Meadows after an August music festival

EUGENE, Ore. - A folk music festival and a fun-run event scheduled for Emerald Meadows this summer will have to find a new home next year.

Lane County Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to cancel 2015 contracts with organizers of Faerieworlds and the Dirty Dash Run.

Last fall, the county canceled its contract with the Kaleidoscope music festival after neighbors complained of music that made the walls shake.

In fact, any gathering of over 1,000 people will be banned from Emerald Meadows in Buford Park, which also contains the Mount Pisgah Arboretum.

The move comes after months of debate pitting neighbors of the park and some park users against event organizers. 

Commission chair Pat Farr was the lone “no” vote.

“People are going to continue to use the park for low impact events, and I think the impact of the event is important," he said. "Everybody is interested in making sure that the park isn't degraded,” says Farr.
 
The commissioner wanted to postpone the vote to ban events to see if updated traffic and noise regulations for Faerieworlds would work.

Parks managers said the cancellation of the Dirty Dash Run and Faerieworlds in 2015 will cost the county parks department $40,000 in revenue next year.

Meanwhile, the county is studying how to revamp all rules for holding large events at Lane County Parks, including Emerald Meadows. 

Farr said the study may be ready in 6 months.