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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Austin Reggae Festival gates now open: After minor delays

The gates to the Reggae Festival opened at 2:10 p.m. today, the City of Austin announced. The opening was delayed to allow work crews to lay down hay and mulch over mud caused by recent rains.
City officials have delayed the start of the last day of the Austin Reggae Festival at Auditorium Shores to allow work crews to lay down mulch and hay over the mud caused by yesterday’s rains. The first act was scheduled to begin at noon.
In an e-mail to media outlets, Austin parks spokesman Victor Ovalle said that the city had not set a revised opening time for the festival, but would advise outlets when the gates are reopened or when an opening time has been set.

The City issued this press release at 1:52 p.m. today:
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department will be delaying the opening of The Austin Reggae Festival on Sunday, April 18 due to very muddy turf conditions created by this week’s heavy rains. Reggae patrons attended the festival on Friday April 16 and Saturday April 17. Overnight precipitation created very saturated ground conditions making it necessary for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department to request that festival organizers spread mulch and hay to prevent extensive damage to the park, costly repairs to Auditorium Shores and for the safety of festival patrons. The measures undertaken are being paid entirely by Reggae Festival organizers.


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