While weather and a compressed timeline might have kept crowds away from the Par Tee at the Park event held at Evans Towne Center Park during Masters Week, that hasn’t kept the promoter from asking for more.
At Tuesday’s Columbia County Management and Financial Services committee meeting, County Administrator Scott Johnson presented a proposal to grant use of Evans Towne Center Park to the Savor Society of Carmel, Ind.
The agreement would allow the Savor Society to produce a week of free and ticketed events at the facility. In return, Columbia County would waive any rental fee and pay a maximum of $8,000 for facility maintenance, preparation and cleanup.
“It’s really a turn-key operation,” Johnson said. “And it’s something that will attract those patrons to our facility.”
The proposal allows Savor Society use of the park for three years with the option of two one-year extensions.
Jim Freudenberg, president and CEO of the Savor Society, said that while the Par Tee at the Park, which featured performances by Little Big Town, Josh Kelley and Eric Paslay wasn’t quite as successful as hoped, he was encouraged by the facility, patrons and potential.
“It’s important to remember that we were contacted about doing that two weeks before the event,” he said. “With that in mind, I feel like we did well.”
Johnson agreed that Savor Society “took it on the chin” with the Par Tee, and is encouraged that they wanted to return. He said the company’s initial proposal was for 10 years.
“That says something,” he said.
Freudenberg said that while it will be at least a month before acts and events are announced for 2013, he wants to provide an atmosphere appropriate for both out-of-town guests and the local community.
“It’s really about showcasing the county and the facility,” he said. “That’s why there will be free and ticketed events. We know this is spring break. We don’t want to chase anyone off. We want to embrace them.”
The proposal goes to the full Columbia County Commission on Tuesday.