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Kings fans welcomed their new players to Sacramento. This was in a small neighborhood Midtown park. Attendance was reported as a few hundred. Pretty low turnout for such an event. The event was arranged at the last minute and in a venue that had never been used by the Kings before. Another regionally advertised event, The Block Concert Series, was occuring at the same time.
The neighborhood was freaked out when high powered pyrotechnics were illegally fired into the neighborhood at the end of this event. This was callous disregard for the safety of the lives and property of this neighborhood. To understand the full implications of what occurred, speak with Niko King or Jim Doucette in the fire department regarding the extreme risk of fires spreading rapidly through the densely crowed neighborhoods of Midtown. The one city park employee monitoring the event was pretty much helpless in dealing with the situation. There were police there. They aided and abetted the illegal action by closing 28th Street (with no permit) and standing around while pyrotechnics were fired. There was no firefighting equipment present.
The on going concern is that this follows a pattern that has gone in regard to special events in and around Marshall Park. There is a last minute request for an event. Approval is always given. Something goes wrong. No one is held accountable.
When is the City of Sacramento officials going to learn that this massive overuse of a small nieghborhood park is to the benefit of a few and the detriment of many?