Piedmont weathers first fest of ’09

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Piedmont Park survived its first festival of the year last weekend, thanks to small crowds that apparently did little to damage the turf in the vast park.

Atlanta’s commissioner of parks, recreation and cultural affairs, Dianne Harnell Cohen, said she didn’t see any damage from the two-day Atlanta Arts Festival held at the city’s most popular park.

“From what I observed the show was well attended, people were respectful of the park, and normal activities continued,” said Cohen, who attended the festival on Saturday and Sunday.

Cohen is expected to brief the Atlanta City Council by Oct. 15 on wether large-scale events, including the Atlanta Pride Festival, should be allowed back in Piedmont in 2009. The city banned those events from the park in January. The move from Piedmont proved to be a big blow to the three-day Pride festival.

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