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Cost to Repair Humboldt Park After Riot Fest Tops $54K

  Repairs to Humboldt Park after this year's Riot Fest will cost $54,300, the Chicago Park District said.
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HUMBOLDT PARK — It will cost $54,300 to repair damage to Humboldt Park grounds during Riot Fest, a Chicago Park District spokeswoman said.

The three-day punk-centric music fest was Sept. 13-15 on the southern end of Humboldt Park and featured, bands, rides and carnival attractions.

Attendance was estimated at 100,000 for the fest, and the third day's rain and mud made for a quite a mess.

"[The grass] got trampled down, and then it rained, so that sort of complicated things," said Park District spokeswoman Marta Juaniza.

Most of the $54,300 cost to repair the grounds will be used to replace the grass that fell victim to the nasty weather.

The tab still comes nowhere near the $1 million it cost to repair Grant Park in 2011 after rain soaked the third day of Lollapalooza that year.

Riot Fest organizers are expected to cover the repair costs.

Park District officials did not immediately know how much repairs to Humboldt Park cost last year after Riot Fest was held there for two days.