On Wednesday, September 2, the band known as the Answer capped off the eleven-week “Concerts in the Parks” at Temple City Park bringing the 2009 summer concert series to an end.
During the finale, the crowd cheered as the band honored veterans and soldiers overseas. Free stuff was thrown out to the audience. And the stands, which included the Boy Scouts and Temple City schools, set up one last time to sell snow cones, drinks, popcorn and T-shirts.
The Concerts in the Park, one of Temple City’s most popular traditions, began over two decades ago in the parking lot of Temple City Park.
In the past, the San Gabriel Band played, free of charge to the city. Now, with over ten bands playing each week at the Gazebo, the city spends $20,000 annually to fund the summer concerts.
According to Cathy Burroughs, Parks and Recreation director, crowds of up to 2000 people gathered Wednesday nights.
Burroughs lauded the summer concert series, stating it “ended on a high note” in the City Manager’s Weekly Report on September 3. When asked what will happen in the future for the concerts, she responded, “nothing really, except the bands.”
This article was written by Chris Du. It was published in the Temple City Voice on September 11, 2009.