Bay Area/ San Francisco/ Crime & Emergencies
Published on April 21, 2017
After The Disco: Your Open Call For '4/20 Day' FeedbackPhoto: Tipster I. X. Penn

Yesterday was San Francisco's first officially sponsored 4/20. Now, while the dust has settled, but before the memory gets too hazy, we're inviting you to provide feedback to Supervisor London Breed, the SFPD Park Station, and SF Rec & Parks for future improvements.

Traffic calming and street closures

As in previous years, Haight St. was eventually closed to vehicle traffic. By 5pm, a street sweeper was out hosing down the street and clearing people away.

Haight and Cole looking west towards Golden Gate Park. | Photo: camden avery/hoodline

Of course, with crowds estimated to be in the thousands, traffic and parking in the area were still difficult.

Numerous tipsters reported Muni backups on lines all the way from the Haight to the Mission, and vehicular traffic was a snarl up and down Oak, Fell, and Fulton streets.

People waiting in line to get on an inbound N-Judah train at Cole and Carl. | photo: tipster allison

Park closure, limited admittance, usage restrictions

One of the big questions going into this year's festivities was how the city would go about policing new restrictions, including managing the admittance of people aged 21 and over, and a ban against glass bongs and bottles.

Some neighbors hypothesized that the 21-and-over rule spread out the affected area by forcing teens to camp out away from Sharon Meadow—which was sectioned off with chain link fences—into other parts of Golden Gate Park or the Panhandle.

We did notice, though, that apart from remaining trash receptacles and temporary fencing, Golden Gate Park and the Panhandle have been cleared of any lingering garbage and restored to their normal glory.

Crime and safety

So far, the only safety concern of note was the stabbing of a 29-year-old man on Haight at Central. The incident occurred around 6:15pm as the result of a fight between two men; the victim was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police closed the sidewalk around the area of the stabbing almost immediately. | photo: Tipster Anah R.

So, how was your 4/20? Was a sponsored event better, or different than the usual? We invite your feedback in the comments.