Is silence golden? In this case, artists and lawyers are arguing no.
At the Bethesda Fountains, the arches have long been a favorite of musicians who love the acoustics.
John Boyd, a classical singer has been ticketed repeatedly for putting on open air concerts. "Most of the summonses are for singing," said Boyd.
Eyewitness News is told fines can run as high as several hundred dollars. Cynics wonder if it's just another way for the city to bleed residents dry or if it really is about noise pollution.
Civil rights lawyers hope to meet with the parks department tomorrow to see if they can find some happy middle ground.