Are you in favor of The Gorge Amphitheatre expansion?
EPHRATA, Wash.—A large crowd showed up in opposition to The Gorge Amphitheatre Expansion Proposal on July 2 at the Grant County Planning Commission Public Hearing.
Live Nation had proposed to do a large expansion of The Gorge Amphitheatre.
About 100 people attended the public hearing to voice opposition against the expansion. The expansion would add more than 1,000 camping and RV sites as well as a restaurant, café, cabins, outdoor cinema, grocery, camping stores, recreation sites and more stage space.
Officials said concerns from the public included:
• Residents and farmers that live or have property near The Gorge Amphitheatre are being blocked by Live Nation security from accessing their homes and properties on concert weekends
• Live Nation does a very poor job of communications with local residents, local municipalities and agencies
• Vandalism and destruction of private property occurring on concert weekends
• Live Nation’s sewage and septic system at The Gorge Amphitheatre does not have the capacity to handle the demands of current concerts and there are new reports of sewage from The Gorge Amphitheatre facilities leaking into nearby groundwater supplies and possibly seeping into the Columbia River
• The Quincy Fire District and the Quincy Hospital are being overwhelmed by Gorge Amphitheatre concerts and the proposed expansion could further adversely impact the fire district’s and hospital’s ability to adequately provide fire protection, emergency medical and other vital public and safety services
Officials postponed making a decision on the expansion proposal. The next public hearing will be on August 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Grant County Commissioners Hearing Room on the second floor of the Grant County Courthouse in Ephrata.