It’s not the first time environmentalists have raised red flags about festivals at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. In addition to Treasure Island, which Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment held there for the first time in 2018, the park hosted last year’s rap festival Blurry Vision and this year’s electronic music-focused Second Sky Festival, both presented by promotions giant Goldenvoice. Last year, KQED first reported that environmentalists were concerned events like these could damage the park’s numerous bird habitats.
“At all of our events, we’re mindful that the park is adjacent to a sensitive natural habitat,” Port director Michael Zampha told KQED in October 2018. “After all, we helped create the habitat.”
The Port of Oakland’s stated mission is to increase “habitat benefits for aquatic birds,” and to “identify any conflicts between public access and habitat development,” according to a 2001 report. Yet it raises up to $100,000 a year in permit fees from festivals. In addition to Treasure Island, the 2019 edition of which hasn’t been formally announced, the All Day I Dream Festival is slated for late September.
This story has been updated.