VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Parks Board says it has to close a popular park because of damage caused during an annual cannabis celebration, while pot advocates are disputing the blame.
Parks Board chairman Stuart Mackinnon says staff will need about 10 weeks to repair the damage to Sunset Beach Park, which hosted about 40,000 people at the 4-20 celebration on Friday.
He says although organizers made efforts to reduce damage this year, including laying field-protection panels to shield it from rain, it wasn’t enough.
Mackinnon says staff will have to wait for the field to dry completely before aerating, top-dressing, seeding and fertilizing it — then letting the grass re-grow.
Cannabis activist Jodie Emery is questioning the finger-pointing, however, posting photos on Twitter comparing the field before and after the event.
Impressive — 50,000 locals & tourists enjoyed our Sunset Beach Park on a rainy day to celebrate #420Vancouver…
— Jodie Emery (@JodieEmery) April 22, 2018
She notes there were similar mud puddles before the event and described the field after the event as “green & grassy.”
The Canadian Press