Fresno City Council delays Grizzly Fest vote for 2 weeks

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The two-day event would be headlined by Snoop Dog, and the promoter is paying the city $100,000. (KFSN)

The City Council's decision to host the Grizzly Fest at Woodward Park has been delayed.

Fresno City Councilmember Garry Bredefeld wants to meet with the promoter to go over details and concerns.

Grizzly Fest has packed the downtown baseball stadium in the past, promoters are hoping to do the same at Woodward Park and the city administration is all for it.

"Parks are designed and built for people to come together and recreate or just gather and this is a very successful event," said Bruce Rudd.

The two-day event would be headlined by Snoop Dog, and the promoter is paying the city $100,000, but it is up to the city council to decide.

The councilmember who represents the people who live around the park is hearing complaints about traffic and noise, and the fact the two-day event in May will last until midnight.

"The concert won't shut down at midnight they will be going on beyond that. It will be two or three in the morning so I just don't think this is the proper venue," said Fresno City Councilmember Garry Bredefeld.

A neighbor who lives across Highway 41 went before the city council to say she is all for it.

"I welcome it, when I moved next to the park I knew that there would occasionally be setbacks or inconveniences but I actually think this park should be used for things like that," said neighbor Amy Fuentes.

The recent taco festival took place in the same area where the concert could be held. Rudd says there were no complaints.

Bredefeld says the music festival would be better off downtown. "It makes sense elsewhere it doesn't make sense at Woodward Park."

Rudd notes the promoter is meeting all the city requirements and will do all for the cleanup. He thinks it is worth trying.

"It probably takes us longer to recover from an Easter Sunday than it probably will for this event," said Rudd.
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