Thousands will be descending on Vancouver’s Sunset Beach on Thursday for the annual 4/20 Celebration, or the so-called ‘protestival.’
For the second year in a row, the smoke-in event is unsanctioned and unpermitted, but this year the Vancouver Park Board wants to do things differently by being pro-active rather than reactive.
“The Aquatic Centre has been shut down and everyone knows that prior to the event, park board rangers were out in the community letting residents know what is happening. The organizer is providing more washrooms,” says Park Board Chair Michael Wiebe.
He says they will also be re-routing the seawall, and will be putting new garbage containers.
Last year, it cost the city and park board nearly $150,000 to manage and clean up the event.
But Wiebe says this year organizers will be held accountable.
“We’re going to be monitoring all our costs. Basically, invoice what we have available to try and recuperate the costs.”
The final tally for the 2015 event at the Vancouver Art Gallery came in at $93,000.