Liberty Memorial visitors not happy with grass' condition - KCTV5 News

Liberty Memorial visitors not happy with grass' condition after event

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Liberty Memorial officials are calling the recent Fiery Stick event one of the most successful they've ever hosted, but some who use the park aren't happy with the condition of the grass after it was all said and done.

"It's just not right. This is supposed to be kind of a sacred place to honor those lost," said veteran Shane Kirby.

Kirby shared those thoughts while looking at the condition of the grass at Liberty Memorial.

"I don't think they should have those types of events out here on grass surfaces like that," he said.

The memorial grounds played host to the Fiery Stick event a few weeks ago and still the grass remains damaged. Liberty Memorial has it written into their contract that, after the event, the promoter repairs the grass. The part of the contract was added after a Rockfest weekend concert tore up the grounds.

Liberty Memorial officials say they are extremely pleased with the Fiery Stick and said it takes time to re-sod all the areas. They've talked with LiveKC, the promoter, and said some work has already begun.

"You learn from experience so we always go into these discussions saying ‘we want you to use the grounds and we need you to return it to the original condition,'" said Matthew Naylor the president of the National World War I Museum, which is located at Liberty Memorial.

People using the park had mixed reactions on if it should be used for large events.

"I think it's OK to have big events, but you have to take into consideration when you're planning it, what might happen," said Lavana Vittle.

"I think it's good, it got the community to get people together. I think grass will grow back," said Rikki Anhorn.

"This is a place that is honoring other people that fight for your country, so I think it's a bad idea," said Nicole Martin.

"The grass can be repaired. It's more of a celebration," said Bridgett Jernigan.

Liberty Memorial officials say events like Rockfest and Fiery Stick give the museum exposure to thousands that it wouldn't normally get.

"This is good for the city and really great for the memorial," Naylor said.

Liberty Memorial officials expect the grass work to be done in the next few weeks. They said that laying sod can be difficult this time of year. They say the Fiery Stick event was a huge success and are hoping it returns next year.

Late Thursday afternoon a spokesperson for LiveKC contacted KCTV5 and said the Fiery Stick was a great event and, per their contract, the sod will be replaced next week.

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