As part of their efforts to woo the city’s Special Events Committee into letting them hold the annual pot party in Myrtle Edwards Park this summer, organizers say they’ll throw in 30 volunteers to help protect the art and vegetation in the adjoining Olympic Sculpture Park.
The city, citing concerns over what happened last year, and issues of narrow access into and out of Myrtle Edwards now that the sculpture park is complete, has yet to grant a permit for the two-day festival. (Though they all met for a powwow at the park yesterday.)
Hempfest planners say key is having the “high road” (or the ramp and staircase that connects the sculpture park with the beach and the roadway below) open for access by what’s expected to be more than 100,000 festival-goers. SAM officials (who refuse to call it the “high road”) say that the sculpture park, and the ramp and staircase for that matter, was never intended to be a part of a "special events" venue.
The Hempfest folks say they anticipate getting their permit, but that they'll need donations and people to work as volunteers in order to pull this year's event off.