Framingham Parks & Recreation Considering Drive-In Theatre-Style Summer Concerts

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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham Parks and Recreation Department is planning on holding its Concerts on the Common this year, city staff told the Framingham Parks & Recreation Commission Wednesday night.

But concerns have been raised about the concerts regular location at the Framingham Centre Common, off Edgell Road, due to social distancing.

Trisha Powell, the Framingham Superintendent of Recreation, said that “everything [related to the Concerts] has been canceled through July 10.”

She said the department is looking into alternatives to be able to still hire the bands for the rest of July and August.

One of the alternatives suggested at Wednesday night’s Parks and Recreation meeting was to hold them at Cushing Memorial Park instead.

The plan would be to have the concerts function similar to a drive-in movie theater where cars can drive into specified parking spaces to watch the concert. They would also allow concertgoers to tailgate as long as social distancing guidelines are kept.

One of the locations that Parks & Rec Department has looked at was the field behind the maintenance building on the Winter Street side, where the annual Pumpkins in the Park is held.

Another location would have the Department utilizing the parking lot closest to Keefe Tech.

The Department is still in the planning phases for the concert project and needs approval by the Framingham Board of Health before they can go ahead.

Powell also stated that if “they get the green light to go ahead by the state, then [they] will switch back to the Common for the rest of the concert season.”

The first Concert on the Common each season is typically in late June.


Photo from a concert in 2019

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