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Crews prepare for Rhythm and Booms


UPDATED: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 --- 9:30pm

Crews are working around the clock to get ready for this year's Rhythm and Booms, to be displayed over Lake Monona.

Activities, including musical acts, get underway at 2:00 p.m. June 28th on John Nolen Drive.

For more information on the festival itself, click HERE.

Monday, the City of Madison released the following information to help people as they make their plans for the event.

City of Madison public parks for fireworks viewing
The City of Madison recognizes that people will also be gathering in the public parks surrounding Lake Monona. The City of Madison Parks and Streets Divisions will be providing additional trash and recycling containers, and in some cases additional restrooms and bike racks, in the following parks:
 
 
Olbrich Park and Beach, 3527 Atwood Avenue
Brittingham Park, 829 West Washington Ave. (please note: alcohol is not allowed in this park)
Bernies Beach, 901 Gilson Street
Olin Park, 1156 Olin-Turville Ct. (Please note: Turville Woods will be CLOSED on June 28.)
Esther Beach, 2802 Waunona Way
Paunack Park, 6399 Bridge Road
BB Clarke Beach, 835 Spaight Street
Yahara Place Park, 2025 Yahara Place
 
Special Circumstances with Olbrich Park and Beach
The City of Madison recognizes that there will be a greater number of viewers at Olbrich Park than at all of the locations. To assist with safety of the viewers after the conclusion of the fireworks, the Olbrich Park boat launch will be closed on June 28 from 8p.m. to 10:30p.m. In addition, if necessary, the East Police District will re-route traffic on Atwood Avenue to maintain public safety and a safe pedestrian crossing.
 
How to use the park:
 
We encourage you to be green. Bike or walk to the park. Limited parking available. Parking on the grass is prohibited.
Blankets may be put starting on June 28. Any earlier, the blankets will be removed.
Dogs, fireworks, sparklers, glass or grilling are not permitted.
Please be respectful of the surrounding neighborhoods and properly dispose of trash and recycling. Additional containers will be provided.
 
 Boat Launch Closings:
Olin Park boat launch will be closed the following days and times:  June 16-20 all day and June 24 – July 1 all day.
Olbrich Park boat launch will be closed on June 28 from 8:00p.m. – 10:30p.m.
 
We encourage all boaters to seek alternate launch sites. Go to: City of Madison Boat Launch sites
 
How YOU can help with Rhythm and Booms:
Before leaving the festival site or any of the public park viewing sites, please take a couple of minutes to clean up the area around you and properly dispose of your trash or recycling containers.
 
Volunteer:
 
Madison Festivals is seeking volunteers to assist with the event and post-event festival site clean-up. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit their website for more details.  http://www.rhythmandbooms.com/volunteer_general.html
 
Madison Parks is also seeking volunteers to help in cleaning up the public park viewing areas on Sunday, June 29 at 9:00a.m.  Everyone is welcome to help with the clean-up efforts!  A Madison Parks staff member will be located at each of the parks listed above to provide supplies.


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