As long as 420 has been a thing Dolores Park has been a popular spot to celebrate the festive green holiday. The big change this year, a bump in venders. Golden Gate Park’s Hippy Hill shit show was literally corralled with chain link fencing and requirements that all vendors apply for a permit. So, as Mission Local reports, “What in past years was a free for all tradition now requires a city permit, and a group of Haight Street merchants stepped up and shelled out to provide the required amenities – increased bathrooms, medical services and extra cleaning crews.”
This left many budding entrepreneurs out of luck. One young vender explains her dilemma,
“I decided to hit up some friends and was like ‘yo, I’m going to try to see if I can sell some of my pastries [at Hippie Hill],’” said Keren Gutierrez, a Mission native. “I called in to Park and Rec and they told me they were having that whole permit thing. I asked if I can be a vendor and they said it’s too late, [applications] already closed.”
When I walked the park early Thursday afternoon dozens of venders were lined up along the 19th Street promenade. So I have to ask, is 420 going to become Dolores Park’s next annual mega event?