Winfrey Point Music Festival: pitched then dropped

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Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake. Photo by Renee Umsted.

A music festival organizer came to the White Rock Lake task force meeting with the idea of ​​hosting a music festival in Point Winfrey at White Rock Lake.

Brandt Wood, a neighbor of M Streets and co-founder of the Musical and cultural festival of pilgrimage in Franklin, Tennessee, pitched the idea to the task force, saying he had applied for a permit from the city of Dallas. As of this morning, that request has been withdrawn and Wood no longer considers Winfrey Point as a potential festival site.

Wood, the principal of Wooden houseshared his vision with the working group, emphasizing that his proposal was really just an idea.

His presentation at the meeting came months after Wood’s approach Dallas Park and Recreation with the idea of ​​holding an event at Winfrey Point, and the park department had already said no to the idea.

“It’s a fantastic site for a real music festival,” Wood told the task force. “A good music festival is one that is very well run, partners with stakeholders, puts public safety first, and has a great eye for music, food, drink, craftsmanship.

Early on, Wood acknowledged that there were “disturbing elements” that come with a music festival – traffic, noise, etc. – but that through partnerships with the community, these problems can be solved.

Wood said it took more than a year of meetings with Tennessee stakeholders to get permission to use The park in Harlinsdalea century-old horse farm with natural amphitheatres and panoramic views, as the site of the festival.

And that’s the kind of process he says would happen in Dallas, along with White Rock Lake neighborhoods, stakeholders, city leaders and others.

“I don’t think this is happening without people having serious concerns and questions,” he said. “Then I think you’re going to address it and try to create comfort.”

He also outlined how vendors and musical acts would be carefully organized and how the size of the festival would be controlled. Festivals can boost the local economy, he said, adding that the Pilgrimage Festival has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the nonprofit Friends of Franklin Parks, as well as others. charitable groups. A festival in White Rock Lake could benefit local nonprofit groups, Wood said.

After Wood explained his idea, members of the task force, who represent neighborhoods and organizations around the lake, began asking questions. Where would everyone park? What would prevent noise from disturbing local residents? What would protect the Blackland prairie grasses that surround Winfrey Point?

Wood responded to questions, but no member of the task force expressed enthusiasm for hosting a festival at Winfrey Point. Finally, since the permit application has been withdrawn, the questions raised by the members of the working group will not have to be addressed.

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