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Mixed opinions about Park Board's response to 420 Vancouver's event

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DH Vancouver Staff Apr 23, 2018 4:11 pm 966

Earlier this month, the Vancouver Park Board denied permits for 420 Vancouver’s annual protest and farmer’s market. Despite opposition, the event was held at Sunset Beach Park. 40,000 people attended, including 482 vendors.

In a previously released statement, the Park Board said that they “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 420 event.”

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Event organizers spent over $30,000 on protective covering, however the Park Board has declared that Sunset Beach Field will remain closed for up to 10 weeks for rehabilitation.

While some Vancouverites feel that this event is a nuisance, many have taken to Twitter to show their support and cite exaggerated accounts of the damage. Some even feel that the Festival of Lights crowds are worse for the park and that the 420 event is being unfairly criticized due to the stigma against cannabis.

There is currently an area fenced off during rehabilitation of the grounds. The Park Board says it hopes the space will be open by Canada Day (July 1).

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Sunset Beach field April 23 (Jessica Brown/Daily Hive)

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Sunset Beach field April 23 (Jessica Brown/Daily Hive)

Sunset Beach closed

Sunset Beach field April 23 (Jessica Brown/Daily Hive)

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