Home Park Festival seeks to entertain neighbors, help kids
By Hemanth Rao Meka Campus Life Staff
A resident of Home Park plays Frisbee at the site of the 1998 Home Park Festival, which will be held in May.
Home Park is a neighborhood located directly adjacent to Georgia Tech between 10th and 16th streets. An extremely diverse community consisting of college students, young families and a large international population, Home Park is constantly looking for ways to improve the environment and status of this little known Midtown area.
In an effort to improve the stature of Home Park, students of Georgia Tech pr oduce tangible results to give back to the community in which they reside. This past October, a group of students managed to raise $2,500 for the Home Park Learning Center, the local day-care center. 1,400 people showed up at the last Home Park Festival which was held "..in a friend's backyard," says Marc Urbaitel, chairman of the Home Park Spring Fest '98 Organizing Committee.
Once again, "Good Karma for Good Kids" is the benefit's slogan. The cover charge is a donation of five dollars. The festival takes place on the weekend before Dead Week Spring quarter, May 29-30. If the Chairman's enthusiasm is any indication, it promises to be a blast.
The idea behind the festival is to help support the children who live around Home Park and to give a chance for Tech students meet the part of the Tech community they never knew. "They draw a more diverse crowd than the average Tech party" says Tech student Vikas Chinnan.
This May, the Organizing Committee is looking to change Home Park Spring Fest '98 "from a keg party to an Atlanta event." The first night will be a huge party with a host of different bands such as Urban Grind, Iratowns, and Sector 9. Tumbleweed Junction, who headlined last year, is back again, as well as Big Ass Truck. Colonel Bruce Hampton and the Fiji Mariners are the headlining band this year. The next day is a carnival with everything from a Moonwalk and Spin Art to snow cones and cotton candy.
The festival has had a reputation to be one of the most organized student events on campus, while it's known to be a huge party. "It is THE best non-private party I have been to at Tech" says EE Major, Alex Bahr.
"It's a great place to see the culture of the Home Park community" emphasizes Urbaitel. With a $5 donation charge, and low cost food, it sounds like a great place for Tech students to be on that weekend, and Urbaitel is positive that this year it will be an affair never to be forgotten.