Noise concerns being addressed ahead of GrizzlyFest


We’re just hours away from Grizzly Fest… a music, food and arts festival at Woodward Park in Fresno. This is the second year the festival is being held at the park.

It faced criticism last year with the city receiving 50 to 60 calls for noise complaints. This year, extra steps are being taken to make sure that the noise is at a minimum.

“We did have quite a bit of complaints about the noise,” said Ellis Atrat of the Dominion Homeowners Association. 

Others who live close-by are not bothered by it.

“The sound travels pretty easily and it’s a big party so it’s usually no big deal because they keep it quiet after so long,” said Keith Tucker.

But new this year, the hours have been changed to pull the plug on the music each night at 10 p.m. That’s an hour and a half earlier than last year.

“At least the city is taking a little bit more active role this time than they did last year,” Atrat said.

Also new, the city is doing a noise study. A firm was hired to look at the noise levels in different areas surrounding Woodward Park during the event.

“Just to make sure that we can be confident that the noise levels are acceptable,” said Mark Standriff, Director of Communications for the City of Fresno.

New barriers were added to the main concert area to deflect the sound.

“They’ve also positioned the speakers a little bit differently so hopefully it’s not going to be driven directly into the neighborhoods,” Standriff added.

With people visiting from 29 states and roughly 40,000 people expected to attend the two-day festival, the city worked closely with the promoter to work out all the kinks.

“We’ve learned our lessons from some of the negative things that came out of last year,” Standriff concluded.

The festival kicks off on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Parking is $20 inside the park. The city is also offering bus rides from the Manchester Transit Center for $1.25 each way.

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