Well this is a fine turn of events. After Riot Fest organizers and volunteers re-landscape Humboldt Park, make repairs, and continue to put forth plans to complete park work for the spring, we get this: In today's news, Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) was quoted as saying "I am exceptionally disappointed at the Riot Fest organizers for the mess they left at the park last year and their shallow and hollow promises to restore the park. I don't support them coming back." This comes on the heels of spring planting of new grass seed to help repair damage done to the lawn during last year's heavy rains. Previously Ald. Maldonado had supported the festival as it brings jobs, income, and visitors to the neighborhood and park.
Riot Fest has worked all year to repair the damage and prepare the grounds for spring and the return of park visitors, baseball, and other activities. The crew reports that there is still work to be done as cold weather and seed eating birds interfere with the repairs. Park repairs are ongoing, concert organizer Max Wagner said. "We'll keep doing it until it gets fixed," he told residents at a recent Humboldt Park Advisory Council meeting.
On top of everything else, Riot Fest threw their support - including financial support - behind Maldonado during his re-election campaign to the tune of $1500. Read more about the drama here on RedEye.