The local youth football organization’s fundraising carnival at Glendale Park caused some concerns at this week’s board of aldermen meeting.
The 10-day carnival, which runs from this Friday to Sunday, June 24, is vital to Everett Crimson Tide Pop Warner because they need $60,000 to $100,000 to finance their new program.
The city’s Huskies and Eagles associations merged during the off-season and the resulting new organization faces hefty expenses for all new uniforms and added equipment.
Councillor Richard Dell Isola, representing the Pop Warner group, told the aldermen Monday night that 425 youngsters have signed up for the program, and the carnival holds the promise of raising a lot of money.
Everett Pop Warner will get 25% of the gross sales at the carnival.
Ald. Michael Marchese said he supports the youth football program, but he is wondering why the carnival is being held at Glendale Park – “which has never been in better shape” – because he envisions the damage that will be done to the grounds.
Mayor Carlo DeMaria said he wasn’t thrilled when Pop Warner officials said they wanted to use Glendale Park for the carnival, but he relented because the park’s high visibility will help promote the fund-raising event.
But the mayor emphasized that “this is a one-time-only situation” because Glendale Park is due to be completely rehabilitated in the near future.
No carnival will be allowed to be held in the park once it is rehabbed, added the chief executive.
In the current instance, the mayor explained that the company running the carnival is responsible for making repairs to the park once the event is over.
Ald. Marchese also aired some other concerns.
He said he’s fearful that “outsiders” might cause crime and disruption and he is concerned about carnival-goers creating a lot of night-time noise, as well as parking problems in the adjacent neighborhoods during the 10-day period.
Mayor DeMaria said he shares Marchese’s concerns, but he’s been assured that local police officers and Pop Warner volunteers will be able to keep things coordinated and under control.
Marchese said what also bothers him is that the administration didn’t inform him about the carnival even though it is being held in the ward that he represents.
He considers that to be an insult, said the Ward Three alderman.
The mayor claimed that his office made an effort to contact Ald. Marchese to inform him about the event.
The carnival’s hours of operation are: Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.