Wednesday, September 9, 2015


After a weekend of escalating accusations, St. Anthony Hospital agreed Tuesday to drop its bid for a federal judge to block the three-day Riot Fest concert from taking place in nearby Douglas Park this weekend.
The hospital had filed suit Friday to halt the popular event because of concerns that the "extreme noise" and congestion surrounding the music festival would compromise patient safety. In response, event organizers claimed the hospital had threatened to sue unless it was paid $158,000, prompting the hospital's chief spokeswoman to call the organizers liars.
In a joint news release emailed to reporters after the hearing, both sides said their previous "misunderstandings" had been clarified in a meeting earlier Tuesday with police and city officials, including Ald. George Cardenas, 12th.
The fest organizers agreed to restore parking on 19th Street in front of the hospital and erect pedestrian barricades on the west side of California Avenue and "sound monitoring within the hospital to protect patients," the statement said.
As Riot Fest employees were loading equipment into Douglas Park earlier Tuesday, a handful of residents and community activists gathered at the corner of Ogden and Albany avenues in support of the event.
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