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ACL organizers tasked with restoring Great Lawn

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After three days of live music for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, the real work is just beginning at Zilker Park.

Crews are transforming the Great Lawn from concert venue back to park space.

Gabriel Vasquez and his friend Megan White love the amenities of Zilker Park, when it’s not full of stages, people and food vendors.

"It's the best place to go to go outside and end your day especially when it starts cooling down a little bit," White said.

However, on Monday, the two were playing catch with left over ACL port-a-Johns in the back ground.

This past weekend 80,000 people took over the 46-acre lawn. Vasquez says he doesn't mind sharing some of Austin's most beloved green space with the music festival.

"It's ACL, man,” he said. “I'm a musician myself so it doesn't bother me at all."

For two weeks, concert promoters C3 have exclusive rights to the area. They are also responsible for taking care of Mother Nature, which means if the turf gets torn up or other damages happen during the fest, C3 picks up the tab.

"When the department has identified the needs to replace the turf, things like that they've been very good about meeting our demands," Victor Ovalle with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department said.

Two years ago, C3 paid more than $500,000 for damaged sod and drainage improvements, following what many people remember as ‘mudfest.'

Ovalle says the Great Lawn will be inspected after C3 releases the park.

"We don't want them to pay for the improvements to the park,” he said. “We just want them to leave it the way they received it."

Showers on Saturday muddied up portions of the park, but no major damage is expected to the grounds.

It will still be at least a week before regular park goers can get back to their familiar turf.

Next year's ACL will span two weekends. Once the city of Austin and C3 release planning details, we'll let you know what to expect.

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