The first month of the Marymoor Park Concert series is complete and organizers are continuing to work on controlling the noise.
This work follows two concerts from last year’s series that resulted in six email complaints to the City of Redmond and 14 calls to the Redmond Police Department.
In response to the complaints, King County, the City of Redmond and concert promoter AEG Live teamed up to come up with solutions to make this year’s concerts more enjoyable for everyone.
“I feel like we’ve had a good plan in place this year,” said Doug Williams, media relations coordinator for King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks.
As previously reported, that plan included holding a community open house at Marymoor Park in unincorporated King County to allow people to tour the venue and learn about the measures being taken to mitigate neighbors’ concerns regarding concert noise and traffic issues.
Williams said meeting at the concert site was a good thing.
He said AEG performed a sound assessment of the concert venue at Marymoor before the series got up and running at the beginning of June and the sound system layout was altered to reduce instances of noise “escaping” from the concert venue. He added that decibel readings have been taken during every performer’s sound checks and throughout their performances to ensure they are not exceeding agreed-upon volumes.
In addition to the work being done before and during concerts, Williams said the county has had an ongoing conversation with the City of Redmond regarding concert noise, which has been beneficial, too.
Lisa Rhodes, communications and marketing manager for Redmond, added, “We continue to work with King County Parks to monitor the concert series and look forward to our next update with them in early August.”
Representatives from King County Parks and AEG said a midseason check-in is planned between the county, concert promoter and city in a little less than a month to review operations and make any necessary adjustments.
“Additionally, we are continuing to work on the sound and traffic impacts and alert the community surrounding the venue,” they said.
Williams said they received five complaints during the first weekend of shows – before the speaker system was adjusted on June 13.
“While we’re hopeful that no further adjustments will be needed, our midseason check-in with the promoter gives us the opportunity to do just that, if necessary,” he said.
Williams said they are continuing to look at traffic impacts and how they can improve traffic flows before and after concerts.
For those who want to log a complaint during a concert, the county’s current policy is that they should call 911 and dispatch will connect them with the King County Sheriff’s Office, who will then contact the park supervisor on duty. If someone wishes to log a complaint after a concert, Brown said they can call or email Norah Robinson at (206) 477-7378 or Norah.Robinson@kingcounty.gov.