‘It’s daunting’: Rock the Park contestants frustrated over miscommunication about water filling stations

The participants in Rock the Park express frustration at not being able to bring their own empty recyclable water bottles inside the concert area despite the fact that there are thirst quarters available.

Instead, they have to buy a water bottle for $ 5, which can be refilled for free at the station all night. If they bring recyclable bottles, they should check them with their bags, also at a cost of $ 5, concert security told CBC News on the spot.

“Most [concert venues] just let yourself dump your bottle, if you have anything in it, go through and refill it, but here they unfortunately leave for it, “said Tori Jones, who was at the concert in Harris Park on Thursday.

The organizers had water filling stations installed by the city of London at this weekend’s music festival, after they were criticized for only offering water bottles that the participants had to buy.

Earlier this month, the CBC reported that a 72-year-old volunteer with the event stopped in disgust after learning that the only source of water would be bottled water, which sells for $ 5 each.

Desk in front of the venue where guests can check in their recyclable water bottles for $ 5. (Submitted by Karyn Olsen)

It’s a real safety issue, said Jones and her friend Amy Pickering, who are both trained in first aid.

“I would much rather come to an event where I am safe and do not have to worry about my surroundings,” she said. “It puts pressure on us when we see something [happening]now we are also responsible, so it also ruins our evening. ”

Emma Dillon, who was at the concert on Wednesday, told CBC News that anyone who wanted to buy water would have to stand in the same queue where they would buy liquor tickets for alcoholic beverages.

“We saw a bunch of food trucks there and everyone we went to ask if they sold water, the answer was no. There was only one place to get water,” she said.

A glass of tap water was also not available from any of the vendors, and no one directed her to a refill station, Dillon said. “I just found it a little daunting.”

‘This is scandalous’

Participants had to dispose of their outdoor food and beverages before entering the concert. (Isha Bhargava / CBC)

Karyn Olsen, who attended the concert on Wednesday, also said that there were no signs that made it clear where the water stations were. Olsen did not drink any water at the event and waited until she got home, she said.

Olsen brought her own empty recyclable water bottle, which she was not allowed to bring, and it was really disappointing, she added.

“It was just really shocking and sad. There’s also an environmental issue when they sell bottles that everyone recycles late at night where we could all just have brought our own,” she said.

After reading the CBC’s introductory story, city council candidate Sam Trosow called on the city to override the ban on bringing refillable water bottles to the event, as the place is a public space.

“This is scandalous and against the spirit of a public park having people leave their bottles in the control area. It’s the worst kind of profit-making,” he said.

Getting people to empty their water bottles to prove there is no alcohol or illegal drugs in them makes complete sense, but getting people to pay for water is ridiculous, said Trosow, who compared the protocol to what airports do. during security check.

“When you go to an event that you know is not necessarily prepared for its max, then you have to question why you would come back,” Jones said.

CBC News tried to contact the event’s organizers, Jones Entertainment Group on Thursday, but they did not respond to requests for comment.

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