Rock the Park, formerly known as Hawk Rocks the Park, is an annual music concert held at Harris Park in London, Ontario, Canada. From 2004 to 2008 it was primarily a classic rock concert sponsored by radio station “103.9 The Hawk”. In 2009, the three-day concert was sponsored by three radio stations: The Hawk, rock station FM96 and country music station BX93.
The purpose of the event is to raise money for “Bethany’s Hope Foundation” for MLD Research and over $850,000 has been raised.
The festival has attracted criticism for being too loud and violating city noise bylaws. The 2008 and 2009 editions both breached the noise limits, so per city law, the 2010 festival should have been prevented from happening. City council recommended that the festival be allowed to occur if organizers paid a $5,000 penalty. However, the organizers were later exempted from having to pay the fine.