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Riot Fest Shells Out $182,000 To Clean Humboldt Park

By Chuck Sudo in News on Oct 1, 2014 6:05PM

Photo of these lonely boots by Jim Kopeny / Tankboy
Call it a small cost of success, if you will. The producers of Riot Fest will pay $182,000 to repair damage left behind by the festival at Humboldt Park last month. The Chicago Park District announced the cost of repairs Tuesday and that they would get to the business of fixing the park later this week.

The cost is triple what Riot Fest paid last year for repairing the park, but the festival was also larger this year (it ran from North Avenue to Division Street and From California to Kedzie) and much of the damage was the result of a combination of rains that fell the first day of the festival and the sheer number of people walking around the festival grounds. Riot Fest’s organizers have promised to not only repair the damages to Humboldt Park, but to leave it in better condition than the park was before the festival.

To that end, Chicago Park District spokeswoman Jessica Maxey-Faulkner said Riot Fest would “hire a private landscape contractor to repair damage to the park.” Repairs are expected to take a month, and the rest of Humboldt Park is open to the public during the repair time.

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