Going to Nocturnal Wonderland? You’ll get to use the pool at Glen Helen Regional Park
By Joe Nelson
Ravers and rock ‘n’ rollers will get to cool off in the swimming pool at Glen Helen Regional Park during the Nocturnal Wonderland rave beginning Friday, Sept. 15, and Cal Jam ’17 in October.
San Bernardino County supervisors on Tuesday approved a permit for concert promoter Live Nation to use the park’s swim facility from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for both events. Supervisor James Ramos was the lone dissenting vote.
The 2-day Nocturnal Wonderland electronic dance music festival will be held Friday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept. 16. Cal Jam ’17 is a two-day rock music festival featuring overnight camping and Big Tony and Trouble Funk on Oct. 6 and the Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, and other rock acts on Oct. 7.
The Nocturnal Wonderland events have been held at Glen Helen since 2013, and the county has received dozens of complaints from residents in Devore and as far away as Crestline regarding noise continuing into the wee hours. Drug use regularly occurs at the events, and two men have died of fatal overdoses at the event in recent years.
Ramos disapproved of Live Nation’s permit to use the swim complex because the proposal was not first vetted by the county’s rave task force, which last month presented 38 safety recommendations to the board, but use of the parks’ swimming pool was not among them. He said Live Nation’s new contract with the county did not address pool use and safety.
County Deputy Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez told Ramos the swim facility will only be open during the day for campers, and would close by nightfall.
“We do have people who make a weekend of it and camp overnight, and this would be an amenity for the campers, but is not something that is part of the Live Nation […]