Friday, July 26, 2013

Flood fails to wash 34th annual Folk Music Festival

Within days of the flood, City of Calgary Parks staff and Calgary Folk Music Festival organizers came together to help clean up Prince’s Island Park and develop a plan to ensure the show would go on.

And with the help of some 250 volunteers who helped clean up the park on June 30, the Calgary Folk Music Festival at Prince’s Island Park kicked off its 34th year on Thursday, July 25.

With more than 30,000 visitors and bands from around the world, this popular attraction further highlights that Calgary is open for business after the flood.

This year’s event has been modified to ensure restoration work to Prince’s Island Park continues and that there's no further damage to the island or safety concerns for those attending the festival. Festival goers will notice fencing around damaged areas and the public is asked to respect the fencing.

Public safety is the number one concern and fenced areas may contain hazards such as unstable river banks or flood debris.

Once the festival is over, work will continue to fully repair the park and some areas will remain closed to help with the restoration.

For more information about City of Calgary Parks, both affected and unaffected by the flood, please visit

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