Saturday, May 8, 2004

Downtown festivities won't be deterred

By Liz Oakes
The Cincinnati Enquirer

DOWNTOWN - Cincinnati officials aren't expecting cicadas to be party-spoilers at city parks.

The riverfront's Parties in the Park are "fairly well-established events," said Rosemary Meinders, supervising recreation coordinator.

"It would take something fairly catastrophic to cancel or postpone them. I can't tell you what the cicada impact will be here at Sawyer Point."

Meinders said much of the central riverfront has changed in the past 17 years.

"The little cicadas are going to have a hard time coming up with poured concrete overhead," she said.

Registrations at 11 picnic areas and pavilions are down about 65 percent for May and June compared with last year, city parks figures show.

"People tend to overreact a bit," David Gamstetter, natural resource manager for the Cincinnati Parks Board said.

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