Woodstock anniversary celebration surprises some Richmond neighbors

The free 40th anniversary celebration of Woodstock in Golden Gate Park this weekend does come at a price for some Richmond District neighbors.

Concerts and events in the park mean more traffic, noise and less open space for the veterans of the area. The side effects would not be as big of a deal if the Recreation and Park Department gave neighbors some public notice, Planning Association for the Richmond President Ray Holland said.

“It comes as the total surprise to the neighbors. There ought to be, at least a week in advance, some sort of protocol for when they’re using major parts of the parks,’’ Holland said.

Neighbors were impressed by the outreach for Outside Lands, but Holland said he is proposing for that type of consideration to continue.

West Fest starts at 9 a.m. in Speadway Meadow.
 

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