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September 2, 2013

Riverfront Park monitoring sound

It has been a full season at Riverfront Park with a broad variety of entertainment and something to suit nearly everyone’s tastes. From the Mankato Symphony, to Merle Haggard, to RibFest, the musical options run the gamete.

As with many new venues, Riverfront Park has experienced growing pains along the way. And, despite many successful events, there has been an occasional concert which generates some concern, most recently a concert held mid-August.

Due to a series of unforeseen circumstances, the performance at the park Thursday evening, Aug. 15, continued well beyond when it should have. Unexpected technical issues arose throughout the afternoon and were unable to be resolved in a timely manner, causing the scheduled 6 p.m. start time to be pushed back.

Even though all the performances were behind schedule, we felt an obligation to produce the show for those patrons who had purchased tickets to the event. Verizon Wireless Center staff wishes to extend a most sincere apology to the patrons and citizens of the Greater Mankato area whose evenings were disrupted due to the late hour of the concert.

It is worth noting, Verizon Wireless Center staff, accompanied by volunteer citizens and several public officials, have been taking sound measurements in several North Mankato and Mankato locations during selected Riverfront Park concerts. In all cases the decibel levels were below local and state standards. However, we do understand the music is audible within the Greater Mankato area depending on weather conditions and as the evening progresses. Additionally, a sound engineer was commissioned to produce a report identifying possible sound mitigation strategies and we anticipate receiving it soon.

Moving forward, performers will be asked to adhere to city policy, and agree to contractual terms stating the city’s 10:30 p.m. curfew on weeknights and 11 p.m. on the weekend. Verizon Wireless Center staff is looking forward to next season and will make several adjustments, including physical changes to the park, based on community feedback.

Our goal is to make the experience at Riverfront Park a positive one for everyone, including its neighbors. Verizon Wireless Center staff looks forward to delivering an even better season next year!

Burt Lyman, director

Verizon Wireless Center

 

 

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