Muddy mess at Town Point Park forces Kam Chancellor’s Bam Bam Jam to switch venues


NORFOLK (WAVY) — Kam Chancellor’s annual Bam Bam Jam event has been moved from Town Point Park to Norfolk Scope plaza and arena.

Town Point Park is a muddy mess after last weekend’s rainy Virginia Beer Festival.

City of Norfolk spokeswoman Lori Crouch said, “We had a significant amount of rain in a very short period of time on Saturday with the (Virginia Beer Festival) going on, that’s a lot of feet in the park.”

The free Community Cookout will instead take place at the plaza area outside of Norfolk Scope.

The cookout starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a ticketed concert by LITivity.

Click here for all the details on the weekend community event.

Rain and a lot people don’t mix well.  At least, not for the grass in Town Point Park.

“We’re putting down some sand and trying to move things around, give an opportunity for the grass and the turf to dry,” Crouch said.

Crouch says crews evaluated the park both Sunday and Monday.

“We need to kind of clean up, smooth out, dry out the area, put down some sand, absorb that moisture that’s in there.  More rain today isn’t going to help, but get that whole area prepped,” said Crouch.

They spoke with the folks in charge of Kam Chancellor’s big event and decided to relocate.  The cookout will be on the Scope patio and the concert inside the arena.

Crouch said, “They’ve embraced the situation and are really supportive on the move to the Scope.”

While plan B wasn’t ideal, it works.  The next big event is Harborfest, and Crouch says they’re planning on Town Point Park.

“We’re making arrangements to kind of re-organize the layout, working with Festevents to maybe put more things in the street since we close the street anyway.  More things along the pedestrian walkways and hardscapes,” said Crouch.

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