Paso Robles park concerts moved to Thursdays permanently

Concerts in the Park in Paso Robles.
Concerts in the Park in Paso Robles. tstrickland@thetribunenews.com

Paso Robles’ Concerts in the Park will be held Thursday evenings from now on as a permanent change, officials announced this week.

The summer concerts moved from Friday to Thursday evenings on a one-year trial basis this year after some downtown merchants said parking congestion hurt their businesses during dinnertime.

The popular concerts, presented by the REC Foundation, typically attract hundreds of people to City Park in the evenings to hear live music. Concertgoers typically picnic during the shows and leave the area afterward, bypassing downtown restaurants and shops.

The REC Foundation compared summer attendance with previous years and collected feedback from merchants and concert attendees, officials said, though specific numbers weren’t immediately available.

“We saw a slight decrease in attendance in this year’s concert series from last year’s attendance but certainly comparable with previous years. ‘Pass the Hat’ donations, wine sales, and sponsorships were satisfactory this year and will allow us to continue our mission to improve our city parks and provide quality recreation programs” REC Foundation Chairman Brandon Medeiros said in a statement.

For information, visit http://www.recfoundation.com.