After hosting Rhythm and Booms at Warner Park for the past 21 years, the annual event moved downtown this year. This past Saturday evening marked the first fireworks display viewed from the shores of John Nolen Drive. Madison Police have been working with event organizers and other City and County agencies for over a year in the planning and coordination of this day. An undertaking of this magnitude presents a variety of public safety challenges that must be addressed. From all accounts, Rhythm and Booms 2014 proved to be a safe and successful family friendly event. We would like to publically thank all of those who attended for their responsible behavior in helping to make this a fun and safe evening.
The Madison Police Department Special Events Team staffed the 1.6 mile John Nolen Drive corridor and Olin Park areas and reported no significant incidents or concerns with this venue. Many other locations around the City and surrounding Lake Monona proved to be ideal firework viewing locations as well. A significant Madison Police staffing response assured for a safe and orderly event for all attendees at various locations throughout the Central, East, and South Districts. When policing a city-wide event such as Rhythm and Booms, we are careful to balance the needs of the event while continuing to provide quality service to the rest of the community.
As we strive for continuous improvement, the MPD will continue to work with Madison Festivals Inc. along with our partner agencies in an effort to make next year's event even better.
Information for this blog was provided and authored by Captain Thomas Snyder.