May 15, 2008, 2:04 pm
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From the Going-Out-Gurus:

Fort Reno Park, the site of an annual summer concert series that is one of D.C.’s most beloved and longest-running outdoor events, is closed immediately and indefinitely after United States Geological Survey satellite imaging reports found high levels of arsenic in the soil.

William Line, a spokesman for the National Park Service, said that the NPS would continue to work with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency to determine any public health risks and further courses of action. He refused to give any timetable for a possible reopening and said that to speculate would be irresponsible. Snow-fencing was erected around the perimeter of the park at 6 a.m. today.

The closing of the park raises questions about the fate of the Fort Reno Summer Concert Series, which was set to begin a twice-weekly series of free shows in mid-June. No list of artists of dates has been announced for 2008, but many of the city’s most famous punk and indie rock bands have performed on Fort Reno’s stage over the last 39 years, including Fugazi, the Dismemberment Plan, Ted Leo, Q and Not U and Velocity Girl.


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Comment by thatjasonguy

arsenic?? what a bummer. i have a great memory of seeing fugazi there and walking away during their set to visit the ice cream summer.

Comment by rachels

clearly I need to work on that whole “blogging” aspect, where I’m supposed to make some comment of my own on the topic. but yes, so far I am a cutting and pasting champ! …baby steps…

Comment by juliethehut

The park has officially been reopened– says the Post:

Comment by juliethehut

Why would they even look for arsenic? WTF? Do I have that in my backyard too?

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