Sour moods continue in Vancouver over last month’s 420 “protest-ival.”
The Parks Board, which passed a motion to cancel the event that organizers flatly ignored, has an ally in Vancouver city council, which voted to explore a lawsuit against organizers “to recover costs for resources allocated by the City of Vancouver, the Park Board or any other civic agency and/or organization that receives funding from the City of Vancouver Operating Budget.”
At the same time, supporters of the festival began tweeting that the Board kept what appeared to be a verdant and healthy field fenced off from public access at the event location—the subtext being that the Parks Board was keeping Sunset Beach Park closed to irritate park-goers and shift the blame to 420 organizers.
Without justification, projected timeline, or update, Sunset Beach Park is still closed to the public a month following 4/20. @JohnCCoupar any update? Why is a park in good condition closed to the public? https://t.co/i6gGIwW0Yg
— Piper Courtenay (@pipercourtenay) May 22, 2019
Park Board chair John Coupar didn’t appreciate the implication, shooting back, “Our professional #Vancouver @ParkBoard staff make all decisions related to turf damage and repair. I understand that the grass field required aeration, top dressing and seeding #nospin #FactsMatter.”
Our professional #Vancouver @ParkBoard staff make all decisions related to turf damage and repair. I understand that the grass field required aeration, top dressing and seeding #nospin #FactsMatter @vanparkGM https://t.co/eAbc39zIsZ
— John Coupar (@JohnCCoupar) May 23, 2019
Watch this space as the fight continues, perhaps until all of us grow very old.