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Concert planners quash traffic, parking concerns about new East Providence venue

Questions surrounded the grand opening of the Bold Point Park concert venue in East Providence before the Beach Boys show on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. (WJAR)

Questions surrounded the grand opening of the Bold Point Park concert venue in East Providence before Wednesday's Beach Boys show.

How bad will traffic be? Where will people be able to park?

But city officials, along with concert planners, developed a plan that allowed the 2,000 people to get in with little hassle.

“For the most part, there’s enough parking around the area that it may be a little bit of a walk," Lt. Raymond Blinn of the East Providence Police Department said. "We recognized this going in, but more steps are being taken to make it more parking-friendly.”

Michele Maker Palmieri, the owner of RI Waterfront Events, which is the concert's promoter, shared similar sentiments.

"Lots of security here,” Palmieri said. "Lots of East Providence police detail between the venue and the surrounding streets and neighborhoods as well.”

Concert-goers can park on certain streets in the area or in parking lots of nearby businesses. The East Providence Yacht Club, which is less than a five-minute walk from the venue, is charging $15 to park.

“We actually just decided to take advantage because this is our road and....we have an empty parking lot so we like to take advantage of it and fill up those spots so we can make an extra couple of dollars,” said Nicholas Lopes, a parking attendant for the yacht club.

The Beach Boys are celebrating the 40-year anniversary of the largest-ever concert in Rhode Island when they played in front of 40,000 in Pawtucket in 1977. The show is set to begin at 7 p.m. and be over by 10 p.m.

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