Street closures could make 4/20 commute slow going 

click to enlarge Golden Gate Park's main thoroughfare will be shut down during the peak evening commute hours Monday due to the annual 4/20 celebration in the park. - JUAN PARDO/2014 S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
  • Juan Pardo/2014 S.F. Examiner File Photo
  • Golden Gate Park's main thoroughfare will be shut down during the peak evening commute hours Monday due to the annual 4/20 celebration in the park.

Police plan to shut down Golden Gate Park’s main thoroughfare during the peak evening commute hours Monday, and Supervisor London Breed on Friday warned that “traffic will be a nightmare.”

The reason for the closure is the annual 4/20 celebration in the park. April 20 is considered something of a holiday for marijuana users, and thousands of revelers typically gather at Hippie Hill to consume the drug, play music loud and mingle in the park.

This year, westbound traffic through Kezar Drive will be closed between 3 and 7 p.m.

Kezar Drive connects Fell Street with Lincoln Way, a major route commuters take to the western part of The City.

Breed also warned revelers who plan to partake in illegal activity that additional peace officers — police, juvenile probation, parking enforcement and park patrol personnel — will be present to “protect our neighborhoods and parks.”

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency also plans to multiply Muni resources, as does the Department of Public Works with garbage collection, Breed’s office said in a statement.

Park Police Station Capt. John Sanford, former station Capt. Raj Vaswani and Breed are planning to hold an open house at the station’s community room at 3 p.m. Friday to respond to questions or concerns from the public related to 4/20.

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