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Published April 30, 2013, 10:24 PM

Springfest gets green light after ground conditions inspected

The ever-controversial Springfest received the "go-ahead" from the Park District this morning. Park officials were worried the ground at University Park could be destroyed if the event continued on snow and damp grass.

The ever-controversial Springfest received the "go-ahead" from the Park District this morning. Park officials were worried the ground at University Park could be destroyed if the event continued on snow and damp grass.

The Park District has never faced this kind of problem before. Usually by the time springfest rolls around, the grass is green and spring weather is out in full force. As for the police, well they aren't assuming the cold weather will scare anyone away either. More officers will be monitoring the event than ever before.

Bill Palmiscino with the Park District and Rhombus Guys owners walked through University Park this morning to give the event the final thumbs up.

Bill: "Our biggest concern was the condition of the park and the snow melt."

Rhombus Owners Matt Winjum and Arron Hendricks actually organized a snow man building contest weeks before to give the ground a little jump-start.

Matt: " We're just trying to do anything we could to speed along the process of spring."

Only foot traffic will be allowed within the park to prevent damage to the ground and outside the park.

More police will be staffed than previous years in response to neighborhood concern expressed to city council.

Cpt. Nelson, Grand Forks Police: "We've reallocated some of the officers that would've been inside the park and also added additional officers outside the park."

Final PD details will be nailed down at a meeting tomorrow but officers say those that drink under the limit will be faced with a fine up to 500 dollars.

Nelson: "Act responsibly, don't give us a reason to come into contact with you."

Captain Nelson told me the majority of citations come from alcohol in the park without a permit, and especially if it's in a glass container, then you're looking at two separate citations.

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