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Making the Fireworks Work

April 29, 2010 11:31 AM

The Elver Park Independence Day fireworks are back on track. When I heard that the fireworks might be off this year, we made some calls and learned that Woodman's food stores would continue to sponsor the event as long as the logistical work could be handled. So, I asked our great Madison Parks Division staff under Superintendent Kevin Briski if they could step up and provide the organizational support. They didn't hesitate to say they could.

Some have asked if Madison needs two fireworks displays since we already have the venerable Rhythm & Booms. My answer is that we need it more than ever right now. The recession has kept more and more of us closer to home over the summer. Families are looking for fun and free activities right here in Madison. And we've worked hard to reduce taxpayer costs of the event by moving it off of the holiday itself, which means we save on expensive holiday pay for the police officers and others who staff the event. The cost of the fireworks themselves has always been the responsibility of a generous donor, in this case Woodman's.

So my thanks go out to the Woodman family for their great generosity, to Midwest Family Broadcasting for keeping the event going for many years, and to the Madison Parks staff for their can do approach.



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