A monthly "Night Market" that is expected to draw several thousand people and beginning this June was approved by the Monterey Park City Council at its meeting on Thursday, May 8.
The Night Market will be held at the Barnes Park Amphitheater under the sponsorship of the Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce and "Kollaboration" an event management group. The market will have a variety of food and retail booths and with live entertainment and music. One of the much discussed items was a proposed beer and wine garden.
The purpose of the Council discussion was to approved an amendment to a city ordinance prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages at city parks. The amendment will allow the city council to provide waivers on a case-by-case basis. Steven Kim, spokesman for Kollaboration said the sale of beer and wine is important to making the Night Market a success.
Kollobaration spokesman said the company has been successful in producing a night market at the L.A. Coliseum and Korea Town.
Kim said the beer and wine garden will be fenced in and located behind the seating area at the park amphitheater. Only adults will be admitted and private security will be stationed to check identification of persons entering the area. He estimated that the first event, tentatively scheduled Friday, June 20. Admission will be charged for entering the Night Market. The pending contract between the city and the event sponsors called for two year schedule of the event.
The city council unanimously approved amended ordinance, but it must still come back to the city council for a required second ordinance. Council member Teresa Real Sebastian included an amendment requiring notification of residents within 300 feet of the park site.