Tempe will allow a Halloween weekend concert series at Tempe Beach Park to move forward since the event’s promoter has agreed to follow city-required additional safety measures.
Unsafe conditions at a three-day concert series in September, which was put on by the same promoter, prompted the city to examine what occurred and make changes to increase safety for attendees of future events. Staff from Tempe Police and Tempe Fire Medical Rescue, as well as the city’s special events team, came up with the changes for the Halloween weekend event. All will be paid for by the event promoter. They include:
• Additional room on Rio Salado Parkway for people to line up before entering
• More free water and better access to food stations
• Additional medical tents and equipment
• Additional assigned Tempe Police officers, Tempe Fire Medical Rescue personnel and private security
• Revised crowd management process to include barricades and safety zones within the audience, in order to avoid a single large crowd moving to the stage
City Manager Andrew Ching ultimately cleared the Halloween weekend event to proceed based on promised adherence by the promoter to the new measures. He had spoken out strongly on behalf of the City of Tempe for an unacceptable environment at the September event, including lack of water and overly crowded conditions.
Ching, who pledged that Tempe would learn from the event, asked the city’s Internal Audit Office to conduct a thorough examination of the city process for permitting special events to determine best practices and areas for improvement. That is underway and will be completed in several weeks.