MADISON, Wis. - Officials announced Wednesday the city of Madison will provide funding to continue the Elver Park fireworks this summer.
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin initially said last summer the funds for the Elver Park and the Warner Park fireworks shows would be combined and funneled into the new downtown Rhythm and Booms event.
"While a downtown Rhythm and Booms on June 28 is sure to be a spectacular event, the neighbors of Elver Park spoke out regarding their wishes for a neighborhood event," Soglin said in a release. "For this year, the city is able to fund this event, in the future we look forward to working with the alders and neighbors on the southwest side to find a more sustainable source of funding."
The west side show would cost the city $25,000, and District One alder Lisa Subeck said the city has funding in the park's budget available, but the council knows the city cannot make this commitment every year. Meaning that permanent sponsors are needed in future years for the Elver Park show to go on.
"The Elver Park fireworks have been a longstanding tradition on the southwest side and provide a great opportunity to bring families in our diverse neighborhoods together," Subeck said. "I am thrilled that we will continue the tradition this year and look forward to many years to come."
The Madison Parks Department has contracted with the Bartolotta Fireworks Company for the show, and Madison police officers will be at the July 3 event to maintain safety, according to the release.
Neighbors in the Warner Park area are planning a smaller neighborhood event in the absence of Rhythm and Booms, and the Madison Mallards will be providing a small fireworks show for that event on July 5.
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