Shortly after dawn, Patricia Algara started getting ready to pick up their small pre-fab zome, the infinitely more interesting twist on the 60′ classic Bucky Dome, and head off to Dolores Park. She had called the Rec and Park permit office on Monday, and was told she didn’t need a permit for a small picnic. And yes she could erect a small shade structure. Unfortunately, their small shade structure, though small made a statement.
By 10:00 am a Park Ranger had arrived and told Patricia, along with her partner Rob Bell and a friend the zome had to come down. But Patricia had talked to Rec and Park, there shouldn’t be a problem. She immediately called back and was told she was given some bad information, “you will need to get a permit,” and with the Dyke March coming in this weekend they weren’t planning on issuing any.
I have seen bouncy houses, bbq pits and mini raves all slip in under the radar. We have a drum circle grandfathered in that under any interpretation of the rules should have a permit. Yet quiet, small, culturally interesting art pieces like the Zomadic are sternly delt with. Mary please!!! There is a pattern, smaller cultural events fail to dot all there “i”s and completely blow of the “t”s and are driven out of the park. Last weeks all acoustic, and no stage Pop Fest was another example. In both of these examples there was enough time for the Parks Department to work with these artists and to let the show go on. They chose not to.
When Patricia called the permit office this afternoon she was given an explanation I have heard repeated by police and administrators time and again, “the neighbors are complaining.” Are we? Is this what we want?
- June 24, 9pm
- The Zomicile
- 2149 Harrison Street