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Hempstalk Festival denied use of Waterfront Park, appeals to City Council

Organizers of the 10th annual Portland Hempstalk Festival, who were denied a permit to hold the 2014 event at Waterfront Park in September, will appeal that denial to the Portland City Council.

City commissioners will consider the appeal in a formal hearing slated for 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, at City Hall, 1221 S.W. Fourth Ave.

The event is put on by a team led by D. Paul Stanford, William Appel and Michael Bachara.

In denying the application, Portland Parks & Recreation cited Hempstalk organizers’ past experience, including the 2013 event held at Kelley Point Park in North Portland. The parks bureau said the organizers failed to manage the impacts of traffic, litter, illegal camping, illegal structures and illegal use of drugs and alcohol.

“These violations were not trivial, nor were they isolated,” wrote Shawn Rogers, customer service center manager, in a letter denying this year’s permit application and the move to Waterfront Park.

In a letter to Portland City Auditor Lavonne Griffin-Valade, organizers

denied the parks bureau allegations, and said “we always leave the park cleaner than we found it.”

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