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Boston should find a way to welcome Allston festival

Boston needs more events like Allston’s DIY Fest — but instead, the local music festival’s future is in jeopardy. The one-day event, held annually since 2009, has brought music fans to two small stages in Ringer Park. Last year, 27 bands played short sets in front of a few hundred people, while artists sold homemade crafts and volunteers pedaled stationary bicycles to power the stage. The acronym DIY stands for do-it-yourself, and the organizers have: On their own initiative, they created a festival that has grown organically into a summer tradition.

This year, however, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department denied organizers a permit, citing noise complaints from neighbors and repeated parking violations during previous festivals. The application also claimed only 100 people would attend the show, an unrealistic estimate based on past years. A spokeswoman for the Parks Department says an official offered to work with the permit applicant, Joan Pasquale, to find an alternative venue, but has not received any response; meanwhile, fans of the festival have started an online petition drive urging the Parks Department to reverse its decision on Ringer Park.

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