NORTH LAWNDALE — Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th) will host a community meeting this week, his first since officials announced Riot Fest would move to Douglas Park in May.
The community meeting will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Douglas Park Field House, 1401 S. Sacramento Drive, Scott confirmed.
While the alderman did not call the meeting specifically to discuss Riot Fest's move, Scott said he does expect Riot Fest to be among other topics covered in the meeting. Neighboring Ald. George Cardenas (12th) also has been invited to attend Tuesday, Scott said.
"I'm sure that Riot Fest will come up," he said Thursday.
After facing pushback from the Humboldt Park neighborhood, Riot Fest organizers confirmed in May that the punk rock fest will be moved to Douglas Park in North Lawndale.
Some North Lawndale and Little Village neighbors plan to fight the fest's move, and are now circulating a petition urging leaders to kill plans to move the fest to Douglas Park.
Douglas Park was a leading contender as tensions rose in Humboldt Park because it is similar in size and layout to Humboldt Park.
Scott previously said that he expects the majority of the fest to be staged on the south end of the park.
Douglas Park, located on 218 acres bound by Roosevelt Road on the north, California Avenue on the east, 19th Street on the south and Albany Avenue on the west, straddles the North Lawndale and Little Village neighborhoods. The north end of the park is in the city's 24th Ward, and the south end is in the 12th Ward.
An analysis of drug and gun crimes in and around Humboldt Park and Douglas Park showed that Douglas Park and the surrounding neighborhoods faced significantly more crime in the last year than Riot Fest's former home.
No Doubt, Modest Mouse and Snoop Dogg will headline this year's fest, according to the full lineup.
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