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July 29, 2012 - 10:24pm
posted by Timothy Walton in live nation, Darient Lake, Cherry Hill Campground.

Darien Lake recently announced it's plan to build a fence along Sumner Road, which would close off access to the concert venue from Cherry Hill Campground, better known as "The Hill" and other nearby parking lots.

As of Aug. 17, pedestrian access to the Performing Arts Center will be restricted to passenger drop-off at a designated area near the main gate, or parking in the Darien Lake parking lots. According to a Darien Lake press release this prior week, General Manager Bob Montgomery stated that the plan, which would prohibit concer goers from walking into the venue, was designed to decrease the risk and eliminate those that are walking along the roadway, as well as decrease pre-and post-show alcohol consumption and traffic jams.

Although Darien Lake has stated that they have plenty of parking for all concert goers even on a sold out night, that doesn't seem to fit well for the hundreds of people that have been taking to "The Hill" for the past years and it was no different tonight as it was packed as patrons parked there for the Toby Keith concert.

"Nothing is going to change, we are just going to have to figure a way to get over there (to the venue) but we're still planning on parking up here" stated one concert goer. "We'll figure something out, none of my friends plan on parking anywhere else" stated another. "If anything we just won't go into the concert and we will just hang out up here." he added.

The presumed manager of "The Hill" stated that "we will still be open for camping and people will still park up here. They will all just have to bring a DD (designated driver) to drive up there (to the main entrance)." When asked whether they had any plans to set up a shuttle service or bus rides to curb driving she walked away without any comment.

The Hill, which a former employee disclosed makes an estimate of $6,000+ per concert, would presumably continue to market itself as a concert parking lot to avoid the high loss of revenue. It would be up to all those parking at "The Hill" to be responsible to find sober transportation from the location, to the main entrance of the concert venue, less than a mile away. Although some probably would make the right decision, we can only assume that there will be those that would take the risk driving under the influence given the extremely short distance required to drive.

August 11, 2010 - 4:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Darien, Darient Lake.

The following arrests were made by the Genesee County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the John Mayer concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.

Ryan E. Hart, 20, of Cynthia Drive, Orchard Park, is charged with trespass and unlawful possession of marijuana. Hart is accused of returning to the concert venue after being ejected.

Leonard G. Booher, 59, of Carney Hollow Road, Wayland, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Booher allegedly pushed an usher to the ground.

A 17-year-old of Ross Common Crescent, Fairport, is charged with trespass and possession of alcohol by a minor. The youth allegedly tried to re-enter the concert venue after being ejected.

The following people received citations for alleged consumption of alcohol under age 21.

Michael J. Wright, 18, of Washington Highway, Amherst
Michele P. Reilly, 18, of Treeview Court, Cicero
Emilee K. Dixon, 19, of Buffalo Street, Jamestown
Nicole E. Frederickson, 20, of Sandford Road, Jamestown
Brittany N. Theophilus, 20, of Crestwood Circle, Pittsford
Jennifer A. Castiglione, 19, of Rush-Hen. Townline Road, Rush
A 17-year-old, of New Road, Amherst
A 16-year-old, of Squire Court, Getzville
Joseph J. Schenkel, 18, of Teakwood Terrace, Williamsville
A 17-year-old, of Oakwood Avenue, Hamburg
Michael J. Kolanski, 18, of California Road, Orchard
A 17-year-old, of Pinebrook Avenue, Williamsville
Gabrielle A. Rinaldi, 19, of Catatunk Road, Canisteo
Katelyn J. Fragnoli, 18, of Shady Beach Lane, Seneca Falls
A 16-year-old, of Fleetwood Terrace, Williamsville
A 16-year-old, of Robin Road, Amherst
Rebecca L. Switzer, 19, of Middle Black Brook Road, Seneca Falls
Alexandra A. Ferrino, 18, of S. Grove Street, East Aurora
Sean P. Sullivan, 18, of Emerald Hill Circle, Fairport
A 17-year-old, of Culpepper Road, Williamsville
A 17-year-old, of Glen Oak Drive, East Amherst
A 17-year-old, of Chapel Woods, Williamsville
Maxwell G. Greene, 18, of Sunset Boulevard, Pittsford
Emily K. Check, 18 of Sandpiper Lane, Pittsford
A 17-year-old, of Beatrix Circle, Lancaster
Brittany J. Hamsaik, 18, of Klein Road, Williamsville
Zachary F. Ostroff, 18, of Thomas Fox East Drive, North Tonawanda
A 16-year-old, of Woodward Avenue, Kenmore
Jonathan C. Palmeri, 18, of Countrygate Lane, Tonawanda
Justin P. Lee, 18, of Templeton Trail, Orchard Park

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