Snowball details get rolling |

Snowball details get rolling

Reid Tulleyrtulley@skyhidailynews.comWinter Park, CO Colorado
NWS PP SnowBall venue KA 3-2-12

The Snowball Music Festival scheduled to be held in Grand Park from March 8-10 has sold 5,000 tickets so far with the total number of expected concert-goers ranging from 8,000 to 10,000 people.Catherine Ross, executive director of the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber, and Kristyna Nedele, special events director for the Chamber, delivered an update about the concert to the Fraser Town Board on Wednesday, Feb. 6, where they outlined the plans surrounding the event including plans for parking and transportation, lodging, and emergency services.”The community is working together with the producers of Snowball to bring an exciting new event to Winter Park and Fraser,” Ross said. “Safety and smooth operations are in the forefront of all the planning efforts.”One of the main concerns discussed during the meeting is the emergency services that will be available during the event. The issue is being worked through by local law enforcement, EMS, and the fire department, who have been meeting regularly to establish service levels that will be available at the event.”[These teams] have been working hard to not only keep the concert-goers safe, but also people in the county,” Ross said during the meeting.Law enforcement officials will be able to use a section of the Grand Park Community Recreation Center during the event and further use of the recreation center is being discussed with the Director of Parks and Recreation, Scott Ledin, according to Ross.The event’s organizers also plan to provide 70 private security personnel for the event.Ross and Nedele reported that lodging is quickly filling up in Winter Park and Fraser and is nearing capacity in those areas. Lodging reservations are also starting to be made in Granby, Ross said.One of the lingering issues permeating the discussion was parking and transportation to and from the venue.This issue seems to have been resolved through a “park and ride” system that will operate throughout the event. Festival-goers will be able to park their cars in one of three locations including: The Colorado Adventure Park, the Fraser Valley Sports Complex, and the Rodeo Arena. Parking will also be available in Winter Park.Buses will pick up concert-goers and transport them to the venue from these locations. After the show, the buses will transport them back to their cars.The buses will operate until 2:30 a.m. each night of the event.It is still being discussed whether buses will run from Granby to the venue and back. The chamber plans on releasing a complete transit plan next week.Ross also announced that five after-parties are scheduled take place throughout Winter Park after the event ends each night. The after-parties will be held at the Winter Park Pub, Strip & Tail, Smokin’ Moe’s, The Winter Park Lodge, and Ullr’s.Numerous entities around the county are chipping in to make sure the event runs smoothly including the Grand County commissioners, who have pledged some funds towards the event. An exact dollar amount of what the commissioners will pledge will not be known until the event is over, though Ross reports that the commissioners have been extremely supportive of the event thus far.”The Chamber continues to be awed by the professionalism and expertise of all of the public agencies in Grand County,” Ross said. “Everyone is stepping up to make this a great event and to help bring an added boost to businesses across Grand County.”

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