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.