Water behind Promenade Park will be restricted during Friday’s concert


The platforms at Promenade Park have been removed for the season and water within a radius of 250 meters will be restricted during the Solheim Cup Fan Fest.

TOLEDO, Ohio – Friday’s concert is set to be big with more than 15,000 tickets already sold, but an essential part of a downtown concert will be missing: boaters.

The docks are being pulled back and the Coast Guard will patrol behind the stage for tomorrow’s Fan Fest, meaning boaters won’t be able to enjoy their decks like they’re used to.

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For boater Mike Sargeont and four-legged mate Cody, 11 and a half, water is an escape.

Their 28-foot ship transports them to some of their favorite places.

“There is a level of peace,” Sargeont said.

This Maumee River cruise is a well-known excursion for the duo.

They lean on the downtown docks which have been removed and replaced with a large stage.

“Where are you going to go? I mean these docks are going to be here for a reason, for people,” Sargeont said.

On Friday, the Coast Guard will maintain a radius of 250 meters clear for the Gwen Stefani concert and the fireworks that will follow.

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It’s unlike most other concerts at Promenade Park where dozens of boats drop anchor.

Sargeont says this long weekend marks the beginning of the end of a tumultuous boating season when you look at the weather and he’s not convinced by the city’s claims it’s all for safety.

“Consider the audience and not the celebrity because they did it all,” Sargeont said.

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