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UPDATE: Elver Park Fireworks continue, city seeks sponsor for 2015

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MADISON (WKOW) -- People turned out in force to take in the city's fireworks show at Elver Park.

The show was in doubt a few months ago. The city had canceled it as part of its plan to move the Rhythm & Booms fireworks show downtown.

But those who attended Thursday night said they were happy the city changed its mind and paid the $20,000 price for the display.

"It just brings the community together," said Madison Alder Lisa Subeck, who represents the district containing Elver Park. Subeck said Madison's west side is home to people of all different backgrounds and socio-economic classes. She said the annual fireworks show, which has been a staple at Elver Park for more than 30 years, is a good opportunity for them all to get to know each other and interact. Although Subeck emphasized the city's plan to pay for the show was a one-time fix.

She said the Elver Park fireworks will need to find sponsors if it's going to remain a tradition in years to come.

"This is so important to our community," Subeck said. "I'm hopeful people will step up."


MADISON (WKOW) -- The City of Madison will put on a free, fireworks show Thursday night at Elver Park.

Spectators are prohibited from bringing in alcohol, glass, grilling, sparklers or their own fireworks. But the city is encouraging people to bring supplies and hold picnics at the park beginning at 7 p.m. Those who choose to picnic will be expected to clean up their waste.

The fireworks show is slated to begin at 9:30 p.m. and run roughly 30 minutes.

Parking will be available at Elver Park's two lots until they are full. But  vehicles parked in the lots will not be allowed to leave the park until 30 minutes after the show concludes. The city said the delay is meant to ensure that those walking or biking home from the park can exit safely.

It once appeared the fireworks at Elver Park were a thing of the past, after the city announced the Rhythm and Booms firework show would be moving downtown. This year's Rhythm and Booms show was held June 28 on John Nolen Drive.

In the spring, the city decided it would be funding the Elver Park fireworks show as well. But the city said this is the sole year it would be footing the $20-thousand dollar bill.

The Elver Park fireworks show will have to find its own funding if it is to continue into 2015.

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