When Petco Park opened in 2004 it featured the “Park at the Park”, a public park space that could be used by the Padres for low cost ballgame seating and occasional, small scale music from Mariachis and the like. Today, this public space has been used for loud concerts on a regular basis usurping the public nature of the space. A permanent stage was built, taking up public park land for private benefit. The ‘public’ areas of the park are cordoned off from the public for days not hours as the original agreement stipulated. A stage facing the adjacent residential buildings blasts sound far in excess of the city noise ordinance levels. The “Park at the Park” is now the “Private Concerts at the Park”. The Padres have the right to hold concerts in this space, but it is a sad state when some of the limited precious downtown public park land is manipulated out of reach so often and so loudly. The Padres used to be good neighbors, now they take some of your property and are the obnoxious party animals that make you call the police to turn down the noise.
100 Park Boulevard / on J Street
The San Diego Padres