Sunset field ‘trashed’: Will be closed for weeks following 4/20 event

Sunset field ‘trashed’: Will be closed for weeks following 4/20 event

The Vancouver Park Board says Sunset field, where part of the 4/20 event was held on Thursday, will need to be closed for weeks because it is “trashed.”#Breaking: @ParkBoard says Sunset field is "trashed." Will be closed for repairs 3-4 weeks #420van @GlobalBC @GlobalBCMorning— Jordan Armstrong (@jarmstrongbc) April 21, 2017Thousands of people flocked to Sunset Beach Park on Thursday for the annual 4/20 rally. People hung out on the beach and the field during the event, which lasted for hours.Organizers promised they wouldn’t leave behind piles of garbage this year and while the clean-up lasted through the night, the field needs some more attention.The combination of rain and the crowds on Thursday means the field will need reseeding. A manager with the Park Board says they are upset the organizers of the 4/20 event did not put down enough wooden boards to protect the grass. Some of the vendors did put down the boards, but not everyone was required to do so."It looks like Woodstock 2017" – @ParkBoard manager on Sunset field after #420van. Field closed 3-4 weeks for repairs @GlobalBC— Jordan Armstrong (@jarmstrongbc) April 21, 2017The beach and the seawall will stay open when the field is closed.The cost of the clean-up is still being tallied, but the Park Board says crews collected between five and six thousand pounds of trash and volunteers from 4/20 stayed through the night to help clean-up the garbage left behind.More to come.

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