The City of Virginia Beach issued a release Wednesday announcing the postponement of Friday’s Summer Movie Night at Mt. Trashmore and the early closing at the Summer Carnival at 8:30 p.m. each night.
According to the release, city officials and carnival officials met Wednesday to review safety and operating procedures at the park. Officials agreed to reduce operating hours and increase security. Lighting at the park has also been enhanced.
A new date will be announced to play the movie, “Toy Story,” soon.
Officials acknowledged the public’s disappointment over the recent spurt of violence that, as the proverbial saying goes, ruined it for everyone.
“We know that thousands of families look forward to the annual carnival at Mt. Trashmore Park and we do not want to disappoint them,” said Parks & Recreation Director Michael Kalvort. “We’ve been working closely with police to ensure the safety of our citizens.”
Police officials also pledged their efforts to ensure safety going forward.
“We want to assure parents and kids that security will be beefed up at Mt. Trashmore in the weeks ahead to prevent any possible problems. We want everyone to have fun and feel safe. There will be no tolerance for violent or illegal behavior,” said Capt. Patrick Gallagher, commanding officer of the Fourth Precinct.
As a consolation the patrons who attended the carnival and purchased a wristband after 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30, they are eligible to receive a voucher at the carnival office at the park. Vouchers which are good for the remainder of the carnival, will be provided weekdays between 6 – 8 p.m., upon showing a wristband or receipt from the evening of the incident.
The carnival is slated to run until June 23.
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