Lolla cleanup cost upped

August 31, 2012|By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko | RedEye

Fest season might be winding down, but the cost to clean up this year’s biggest has gone up.

The Associated Press reported Friday morning that the $150,000 price tag to restore Grant Park after Lollapalooza has jumped to $350,000. Charlie Jones of promoter C3 told the AP that “drainage issues” have bumped the cost of sod repairs in one area of the park.

Still, the $350,000 bill is less than 2011, where more than $1 million in restoration was needed to fix up the park after three inches of rain fell on the final day of the fest. Earlier this month, a spokesman representing C3, the organizers of Lollapalooza, said precautionary measures were put in place to minimize the damage to the park.

This year, 60,000 people were evacuated from the fest – the first time in Lolla history – because of severe weather on the second day.

Improvements to the park were overseen by the Chicago Park District, and included aeration and seeding of the park, and new sod.


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