Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver Park Closed after Damage from 4-20 Event: Board Chairman

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver Park Closed after Damage from 4-20 Event: Board Chairman

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Blame game over park damage after 4-20 event

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VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Parks Board says it has to close a popular park because of damage caused during an annual cannabis celebration, but 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 characterized the finger-pointing as smear messaging against the marijuana movement, posting photos on Twitter comparing the field before and after the event. …

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