The W Thomas Street walking and biking overpass project could get in the way of Hempfest, prompting the “protestival” to file a lawsuit against the city. Organizers argue that the city should push construction back until after August so that the 20th anniversary of the festival can take place in it’s standard Myrtle Edwards Park.
The overpass has been in the works for years, but it has been on hold due to lack of funding. SDOT announced in December that it had received a grant to make the project happen. It will do wonders to connect Lower Queen Anne and the park (and its bike trail).
I can’t say I really have a horse in this race. I didn’t enjoy Hempfest the one time I went, but I’m down with the cause. I thought Myrtle Edwards was a miserable location for such a packed event (though it would be much nicer if there were also an entrance at W Thomas Street). It was shoulder-to-shoulder and everyone was walking really slow. Then again, I don’t enjoy pot, so perhaps I am not the festival’s target audience. So long as the overpass is built this year, I’ll be happy.