Hardly a bad situation at popular music fest

Finding parking or a spot near a stage was difficult, but city officials characterized last weekend’s well-attended Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival as a pleasant, peaceful and relatively tidy gathering.

Despite hundreds of thousands of attendees at the three-day music festival at Golden Gate Park’s Speedway Meadow, officers made only one arrest on suspicion of felony possession of narcotics and handed out three citations for illegal vending, police Sgt. Troy Dangerfield said.

Dangerfield characterized the festival as “peaceful with people just enjoying themselves.”

While the park grounds were being cleaned up, city officials were glad to report that any mess caused by the festival did not spill out into the nearest neighborhood.

The Department of Public Works reported “no issues” in terms of cleanliness to neighborhoods in the aftermath of the event, agency spokeswoman Christine Falvey said.

If anything, the festival will lead to park improvements. Warren Hellman, the San Francisco financier who bankrolls the event, will donate about $75,000 to fix the irrigation system in a portion of Golden Gate Park where the three-day concert is held, the Mayor’s Office said.

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