GILFORD — After a year's test run, the Planning Board has accepted the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook's request for 1,000 tent sites spread over a number of parking lots.
During his presentation to the selectmen in 2013, Meadowbrook Security Officer Dom DiCarli said the company would have security patrolling the tenting sites and that no campfires would be allowed. 2014 was the test year.
Selectmen granted them a conditional approval for 98 sites, which were limited to the parking lot near the Recycling Center, provided the management of the music venue reported back to them about how it worked.
In February of this year, Meadowbrook requested 1,000 tent sites spread out over a number of parking lot.
According to the minutes of the June 15 meeting, Meadowbrook Chief Operating Officer Mike Seymour told the Planning Board that the use of the tenting sites has not been overwhelming and the reason for asking the board to allow tenting to be more spread out within the music venue was so they can manage them better. He said he doesn't expect too many additional tenters.
Seymour also asked for a lot merger for Parking Lot 1 so it could be used for tenting. He said the newest area will be constructed this fall. He added that four of the other lots are for future use at this point because each has a lot of gravel and is not yet suitable for tenting.
The board granted Meadowbrook's request on the condition that Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee is provided with a list of rules and regulations for the tenting sites.
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