Cleanup work on schedule following Outside Lands Festival

Outside Lands festival organizers are working to put Golden Gate Park back into the same shape it was before the three-day event — and in some instances even better.

Under its permitting agreement with the Recreation and Park Department, Another Planet Entertainment, the group that hosted the festival, is supposed to have the concert site completely cleaned up by Wednesday.

Greg Perloff of Another Planet Entertainment said his group has contracted out the cleanup work to Clean Vibes, an organization that specializes in responsible waste management of festival events. Perloff said there were approximately 100 people picking up trash.

“We guaranteed the park department that we would leave the festival site in better condition that was it was before we got there, and we’re going to do that,” Perloff said.

The event, which ran from Friday through Sunday, spanned an area of Golden Gate Park that included Speedway Meadow, Lindley Meadow and the Polo Fields.

Some perimeter fencing from the concert remained in areas around Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, but the park has completely opened back up to visitors, Perloff said. There was minor damage to the grass on Speedway Meadow, but Perloff said seeding efforts have already begun to replenish the area.

Festival organizers said clean up efforts are on schedule, two days after the event that brought 150,000 people to Golden Gate Park.

All the staging and equipment storage units have been taken down, and now the focus is primarily on making sure “every cigarette butt is thrown away and every piece of paper is recycled,” according to Perloff.

Crews from the Recreation and Park Department are on site to monitor the cleanup process, said agency spokesman Elton Pon.

Once the site is fully cleared the department will assess the grounds to see if any damage occurred as a result of the festival, Pon said.

Based upon provisions of the permit signed with Another Planet Entertainment, the Recreation and Park Department will receive $1.05 million from the festival’s admission revenues.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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