LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) - Concert crowds are the talk of the town every Tuesday night in Lewiston. But frustrated neighbors say the big shows at Artpark are nothing to sing about.
The last concert of the season at Artpark features ZZ Top, and every seat has been sold. Police are expecting an orderly crowd, but that isn't always the case.
Neighbors say crowds have improved since Artpark began charging admission. Previously, the free concerts had 20,000 people crowding to the venue. Now around 10,000 people pay admission to a sold-out show.
But residents in Lewiston say troubles still continue. Police say most complaints are alcohol-related.
Lewiston Police Sgt. Frank Previte said, "We haven't had a lot of property complaints, as far as damaged property from residents. Again, we do get complaints every once and awhile of people in their yards or being loud or lingering afterward, but we've kept a cap on that with the police presence that we have."
Greg Roberston of Greg's Pools says it is a few bad apples that are leaving neighbors with a bad taste in their mouths.
"The tailgating before the concerts, the tailgating after the concerts. The police try to do what they can, but they're out here directing traffic at the end and there's just not enough of them to go around," he said.
After Tuesday's concerts, authorities will be looking to improve the Artpark experience, including adding more parking closer to the venue. Right now, when concert-goers come to Lewiston, they park all throughout the village.
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