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Post-Riot Fest Repairs To Humboldt Park Totaling Over $54K

By Chuck Sudo in News on Oct 4, 2013 9:20PM

Photo credit: Mike Travis

The rain that turned Riot Fest's Sunday festivities into a glorious muddy mess has resulted in the festival's promoters shelling out $54,300 in repairs to Humboldt Park.

Chicago Park District spokeswoman Marta Juanzia told DNAInfo Chicago Sunday's storms exacerbated conditions where the grass at the south edge of the park was already stressed from a total estimated attendance of over 100,000 people. RedEye reports aeration of the grounds and grass seeding will commence later this season, while work on the softball fields will begin next spring so programming in the park this autumn won't be affected.

That doesn't seem like a lot of money for a festival the size of Riot Fest and the repair costs are even more miniscule compared to the $1 million Lollapalooza promoters C3 Presents paid to repair Grant Park two years ago. Costs to repair Grant Park after this year's Lollapalooza were around $220,000 but portions of the park were still closed for weeks after the festival.