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Artpark: Target Audience is Between 10,000 and 12,000
Artpark: Target Audience is Between 10,000 and 12,000

Artpark has one goal in mind for the 2012 summer season: smaller crowds watching bigger musical acts.

"We're shooting for a smaller number that is manageable," said Chris Brown, chairman of the Artpark & Co. board of directors. At a public forum held Tuesday at the Village of Lewiston Red Brick School, he told a crowd of between 150 and 200 that venue management can't handle crowds exceeding 25,000 or 30,000.

Brown said Artpark & Co. is in the "development stages" of a $4 million master plan that calls for a reconfigured outdoor amphitheatre that will provide for a safer and more comfortable concert atmosphere for park patrons.

The proposal also calls for Artpark's concert area to be surrounded by a fence. Concertgoers will likely have to obtain a ticket. Whether or not there is a cost affixed to that is uncertain. But, Brown said, the result will be smaller audiences.

"We're trying to aim for 10,000 to 12,000 for a concert," Brown said.

He told residents "we understand the impact" of this past summer's concerts, which were highlighted by back-to-back weeks of 30,000 in attendance (Lynyrd Skynyrd on July 26 and ZZ Top on Aug. 2). "We don't want to repeat that."

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