Portions of Sunset Beach Park will be closed for about 10 weeks due to damage caused by Friday’s 4-20 pot celebration, Vancouver Parks Board estimates.
The annual 4-20 event, which included more than 140 weed booths, a concert stage and food vendors, gathered about 40,000 people, according to Vancouver police.
|Despite turf-protecting panels, grass at Sunset Beach Park appears damaged from 4-20 event. (Vancouver Park Board)|
With no approved permits, organizers said ahead of Friday’s event they’d be placing down turf-protecting protectors, after paying about $7,000 in field repairs after last year’s event.
Pot activist and 4-20 organizer Dana Larsen took to social media as weather turned soggy in the afternoon, suggesting the protection methods were working. Larsen said he stayed to clean up the park until about 2 a.m.
Well there's definitely some grass damage at Sunset. Much less than last year, but not perfect. I hope the park doesnt need to be closed.
— Dana Larsen (@DanaLarsen) April 21, 2018
In a statement Saturday, the board said a fence will be erected around the closed portions of the field while it goes under “major rehabilitation.”