Initially, McKenzie feared the measures would create chaos as people lined up to get in, but that didn’t happen.
“It went well,” McKenzie said. Any incidents that did occur happened outside the park.
And there was an unexpected benefit: virtually no trash.
With barrels removed for security, McKenzie was concerned the park would be strewn with trash. But the ban on backpacks and coolers kept people from carrying stuff in, and volunteers were on hand to empty trash bags at food trucks that were part of a new food truck festival.
“I do want to thank everyone who helped out down there,” McKenzie said.
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