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College Hill Homecoming changes

by Danielle Wagner

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) It's Homecoming weekend at UNI in Cedar Falls, and for the first time in several years police decided not to put up barricades on College Street.

The move came after positive communication about safety between the police department, the city and The College Hill Partnership (a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization and promotion of the College Hill area).

During Homecoming, "the Hill" typically draws big crowds at night.

"We had a great time. There was a lot of people out, but it didn't seem as packed as it usually is," said UNI student Mallory Wilson.

Wilson was on the hill Friday night and plans to come back Saturday night.

She said she's glad College Street is still closed to vehicles from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the weekend, but she said there was a different feel without the barricades in the road.

"When there was barricades I think people felt they could be in the streets more, but it made foot traffic move a little better without them," she said.

Wilson said she felt completely safe without the barricades.

"It was a good time. We all felt safe. There was a lot of cops around, but I didn't see any big commotion or anything," said Wilson.

"Extra officers than we normally do. Not to the scale we've had in the past, but certainly have increased staffing this weekend," said Cedar Falls Police Chief Jeff Olson.

Chief Jeff Olson said bars with outside venues were asked not to serve alcohol in glass bottles or containers.

"Make sure your safe by following the guidelines of the law. We're always concerned about alcohol, open containers, bootlegging, fights and things that occur. We're asking people to report anything they see to make Homecoming a nice event," said Olson.

People on the Hill Friday said the night was uneventful and hopefully that trend continues the rest of the weekend.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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