Brooklyn Park’s Tater Daze could see venue switch
A prominent city festival in Brooklyn Park could be relocating. There is a proposal to move Tater Daze from Noble Sports Park in the northern part of the city to the Community Activity Center (CAC).

Brooklyn Park City Council member Rich Gates likes the idea because it is the geographic center of Brooklyn Park. But Gates does not want the city to rush into a decision. He wants some issues resolved before this change of venue is approved.

"It looks like they have a better plan than they did when it was first there," Gates said. "But I do have resident concerns. It backs up and fronts two neighborhoods along 85th and Edinbrook Terrace. Staff has not engaged with any of those residents yet."

Tater Daze is a three-day event that takes place in mid-June. The city council will listen to a recommendation from the Tater Daze Committee, then most likely make a decision in January. Gates believes the CAC is a good location and thinks this move could happen.

"I think it will probably end up there," Gates said. "But staff needs to do some serious thinking. Some serious legwork as far as the community engagement process and make sure that the layout of the bandshell, any event that will create noise, has been fully vetted out on how to reduce that."

Noble Sports Park is not close to public transportation. The nearest bus stop, besides the park-and-ride, is one mile away. Meanwhile there are three different public transit routes near the CAC.

Eric Nelson, reporting



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