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Despite downtown El Paso changes city invites event organizers

By: Stephanie Guadian
EL PASO, Texas - The city of El Paso and Downtown Management District want you to join the party. But there are some changes to the application process to host an event.

Tens of thousands of people will pack the streets of downtown El Paso in May for the fourth Neon Desert music festival. It's hoped when the new ball park is finished more event organizers will be drawn to the heart of the city.

Veronica Soto is the executive director of the Downtown Management District.

"I think we have underestimated what a game changer what the ballpark is going to be. The number of events over the last few years has been incredible. And having additional times and spaces where people come downtown on a regular basis is only going to enhance that," said Soto.

That brings us to the second El Paso Events Lowdown. A room full of event planners attended an orientation to learn how to use city property for private or public events, fill out an application and obtain permit approval.

Downtown El Paso looks a lot different than it did in 2013. "The challenge this year is that there is a lot more construction for an event downtown. The challenge is going to be how to manage traffic flow when we have an event or something going on the Chavez Theater, at the Plaza Theater and a ballgame," said Soto.

For now, the city and the El Paso Downtown Management District are asking people to be patient until the construction in downtown El Paso wraps up.

Special event coordinator Martin Camarillo says the key is being able to evolve with all the changes happening downtown.

"We have had to modify footprints for events all over. We are planning one year in advance now because of everything that's going on. It's definitely having a big impact. But we are continuing with events, we are making them work and that's what we want everybody to know," said Camarillo.

If you would like more information on hosting an event in downtown El Paso, check out http://home.elpasotexas.gov