The Vancouver park board issued the following statement this morning regarding the 4/20 protest and farmers market that will take place from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday (April 20) at Sunset Beach Park:
‘The 4/20 marijuana event will take place again this year in Sunset Beach Park, against the wishes of the elected park board commissioners. The board continues to have significant concerns about the event’s impact on residents, the park and facilities that serve our community.
‘The park board does not believe this event is an appropriate use of park space because it violates our no smoking by-laws and has negative consequences for park users and infrastructure. The Board has declined to give organizers a permit as the event does not meet our criteria for issuing a special event permit.
‘In the best interest of the public the park board will do everything it can—in cooperation with partners at the City, VPD, VFRS, B.C. Ambulance and health authorities—to ensure public safety is maintained and to minimize public and park impacts during this event.
‘We are looking at ways to better protect the wet and soggy turf in the park so the public does not experience a loss of park and playing field use, as was the case last year. Event organizers have told us they will place a protective covering, at their expense, around the main stage area to protect the turf at this year’s 4/20 event.
‘Park rangers have gone door to door in the vicinity of Sunset Beach to hand deliver leaflets outlining plans for the event and to inform residents of significant crowds, traffic impactsm and potential health concerns to those with sensitivity to smoke.
‘As in 2017, the adjacent seawall, the Sunset concession and the Vancouver Aquatic Centre (VAC) will be temporarily closed on April 20th. Please note that the VAC will also be closed April 19th for electrical upgrades to the facility.
‘The Park Board will continue to work with partners at the City to encourage organizers to find an alternate location for the event in future years.’