Park Board Plans to Fight 4/20 Move to Sunset Beach

Officials from Vancouver‘s Park Board continue to speak out against the city’s 4/20 protest to Sunset Beach, a change they weren’t consulted on and see as inappropriate.

Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung said the beach isn’t a good location for the event, which last year brought 20,000 to the former location outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, and poses safety concerns.

The chair is writing a letter to mayor Gregor Robertson voicing her issues.

“Demonstrators will not only violate the park board’s smoking bylaws, which cover all beaches, but will block parts of the seawall, a nearby daycare and the aquatic centre,” she said.

Organizers for 4/20 won’t apply for a permit with the city, as the annual gathering is unsanctioned by authorities.

Kirby-Yung suggested alternatives away from the water, like Larwill Park and land near the viaducts.

 “The park board is very disappointed this happened without consultation with the elected board,” she said.