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Future Plans for Rockin' the Rims

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Rockin' the Rims on the Yellowstone brought a day's worth of music to Coulson Park, which organizers are calling a success.

MACK Productions public relations director, Kyle Benton, says they've gotten great feedback from attendees and sold more than one thousand tickets.

Organizers say they didn't get the attendance numbers they expected and did lose money on the event, but Benton says they will have the event again. He says it was a learning experience, and they've already been working for months on next year's event to get big name bands, and make it bigger and better.

"They're working with us in a great manner,” Benton says. “They're really excited about it and they know the cause that we're working for so they're helping us out on that end as well."

MACK Productions is planning on making it a multi-day event with Rockin the Rims as a part of it next year. Benton says they're working with an organization to make riverfront parks more accessible, and planning on adding an educational element to the event.

They will also learn from this year, including moving the bathrooms closer and fixing the roads. They are working to improve the park as well.

"We hope it brought a little spotlight on Coulson Park with the hopes that it will help with some of the ongoing improvements down there,” says Kory Thomson, Billings Parks and Recreation superintendent of recreation.

In preparation for the event, the Billings Parks and Recreation Department worked to make the park event ready.

"All the grass was mowed down and that hasn't happened in years,” Benton says. “They reseeded a bunch of different areas for new grass. That hasn't happened. Over 48 new trees were planted also. And all that takes time and money so it's not like one year we can make the entire 13-acre park amazing. It takes some time."

Parks and Rec officials hope more and more people will come to the park as a result.

"There's a lot of amenities there that we think families can enjoy with the trail going through the boat ramp that is there now,” Thomson says. “It's got some potential for some ongoing events and improvements in the future.”

 

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