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Riverfront Park Closed, Friday Cheers Moves Back To Community Market


Lynchburg, VA - Organizers of Lynchburg's Friday Cheers announced a major change, Thursday. Friday Cheers is moving back to the Community Market for the season since Riverfront Park is closed due to construction.

The switch came at a cost, a shorter season with only five Fridays this year. But organizers are hopeful Friday Cheers will draw even more people downtown this year, back now, at its old stomping grounds.

A city CSO construction project put Riverfront Park out of operation until next May. Its seasonal staple, Friday Cheers having to pack up and moving a few blocks back to its old home.

"It's how we fund all the projects that we do to help revitalize downtown Lynchburg" said Stephanie Keener, with Lynch's Landing.

Keener said she's hopeful that the move back to the Community Market won't slow sales. Friday Cheers is the organization's biggest annual fundraiser.

"We get actually a lot of positive feedback about it being back at the market because that was sort of a beloved venue. It's going to be a really good music season so we're looking forward to that" said Keener.

But with the change in venue come complications. The Community Market borders apartments, which forced a shorter season, this year, is only five Fridays.

"The street closures that we have pretty significantly impact downtown" said Keener.

Also, two blocks bordering the market will be shutdown to traffic.

"I've heard some mixed reviews about what it used to be like in the shop when Friday Cheers was up here on Main Street in the past" said Abe Loper, owner of the White Hart Café.

The White Hart is right next door to the market. Loper said though he's hopeful the move will boost Main Street business.

"I like people on Main Street in general. Getting to see how great Main Street is and all the exceptional shops and meeting the shop owners is a pretty special experience" he said.

"It's good exposure for our store because it's right next door" said Blythe Penn.

Penn works at a gallery neighboring the market, "I think it's good to have any action downtown. We're happy to see wherever it fits best for the community" she said.

The construction that drove cheers out of the park is more CSO work, the combined sewer overflow project that's been ongoing across the city now for years.

The first Friday Cheers will be May 30th. The event will run through the first week in July.

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