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Construction causes obstacles to enjoy opening night of Jazz in the Park

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Jazz in the Park is always a sign of summer and the popular festival in Cathedral Park kicked off Thursday night, but there were some obstacles to enjoy the music this year.

The first thing jazz fans noticed this year may not have been the music, but the construction.

"I'm just glad it started. I think everybody was a little anxious to get the summer season going," said Ramona McLee.

This year, orange cones marked the entrance, but that didn't bother Troy and Romona from celebrating their wedding anniversary this weekend.

"We parked about two, three blocks away. Maybe four blocks away, but that's expected. We expected that when we came down. It's not an inconvenience, again, it's free to the public and sometimes you have to make sacrifices, and it’s well worth it!" said Troy McLee

Bill Bonafis is emcee of the festival and says they've been trying to work around the construction zones, "Because of the streetcar, there’s a lot in flux. And there was a lot of dialogue about how we get the streetcar to work and how we get the event to work.”

"I really appreciate that Milwaukee has this. This really makes me proud of my city. We do this every year, I usually have red tent, but this year we have a blue tent," said Belinda Hull who came with her family to the park with her arms full. She didn't even think about the construction and parked in the same spot she does every year.

"Nothing's going to stop me. It was easy, pretty easy, I parked at MSOE, it’s 10 bucks, and you can find a lot of street parking too. I have my little angles since it's been years that I've been coming," said Hull.

There are a lot of parking ramps and surface lots around.

Click here to find the closest parking to Jazz in the Park.

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