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Council Pumps Up Summer Fun At Park

The City of Riverbank’s Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a free concert series during the summer at Jacob Myers Park on Fridays in June. To ramp up the excitement and get people outdoors for live music in the park, Parks and Recreation Supervisor Julia Petit proposed to have food and craft vendors, and craft beer provided by St. Stan’s Brewing Co. at the events. The request to have a beer truck at Jacob Myers Park was brought to the Riverbank City Council at their meeting on March 26 as alcohol is currently prohibited in city parks. The request was approved with a council vote of five to zero to allow the beer truck at the June concerts.

“Before I came on board with the department, I was told that a group tried to incorporate a concert at Jacob Myers Park, but it received low attendance,” stated Petit. “I’m hoping that by including a beer vendor in addition to local food and craft vendors, it will offer attendees more amenities that might appeal to them during outdoor, summer concert events.”

Petit presented her first staff report to the Riverbank City Council last week requesting an exemption from Riverbank Municipal Code Section 94.06 which prohibits alcohol in city parks specifically for the concert series that will be held on June 7, 14, 21 and 28  from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

St. Stan’s will be donating 25 percent of their profits to the Friends of Jacob Myers Park.

“I also love any opportunity to promote local businesses,” added Petit. “St. Stan’s has a unique history as one of the first micro-breweries in California, and the seventh in the country. To me, events such as this are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate local live music and local businesses in our area.”

Guests will be allowed to bring chairs and blankets but no outside alcohol. St. Stan’s will be the only beer vendor at the event and there will be a perimeter set up for those that partake. They will only be able to have beer in the event area and are not allowed to venture off to other areas of the park. The trail area will be closed.

City staff will monitor the boundaries of the event and Ontel Security will be hand to provide security during the concerts.

“I want to emphasize that this is about having a fun, free, live music event for the community and enjoying the beauty of Jacob Myers Park on Riverbank’s warm summer nights,” expressed Petit.

Currently scheduled to perform are Wilbur Down on June 7, Valley Fire on June 14, Triple D on June 21 and possibly some Latin music on June 28, with the featured performer for that final concert still to be determined.