DFW NORML Lake and Bake event shut down
Despite obtaining the proper permits, much planning, and a lot of money and time spent, the DFW NORML Lake and Bake event was shut down today by the Grapevine Parks & Recreation Department.
This is the third year this event has been held, and previous years there were no issues.
DFW NORML Executive Director Shaun McAlister released a statement about the incident.
The Director of the Grapevine Parks & Recreation Department has decided to revoke DFW NORML’s permit for today’s #LakeAndBake710 at Jackson Pavilion in Rockledge Park at Lake Grapevine, allegedly over a violation of our permit concerning vendor booths and amplified music. The Grapevine Police Department, led by Sgt Sam Shemwell, informed us that there was nothing we could do to remain in compliance and that the decision had been made and they were just “following orders.” We were told that this decision was made solely by the Director of Grapevine Parks & Rec, a person that would not be available for us to speak to until Monday.
We had worked out an alternative plan with the Grapevine Police to simply shut down the event at Jackson Pavilion and move all of our attendees over to the regular part of the park so people could still enjoy the day… But moments after that plan was formed, we were told that ALL of our attendees were being turned away at the park and being refused entry to Lake Grapevine altogether. The reason? We’re not welcome.
Couple all of that with a Lake Grapevine employee, a woman with short hair who’s name might either be Karen or Cara or something close, driving around in a golf cart, filming our event with her phone and telling people at the gate that “The event is over because of all the dope smokers in the woods.”
So the police gave us one reason for shutting us down and the lake employees gave us an entirely different reason.
We’re very sorry that this has happened and are genuinely surprised that the city of Grapevine is treating us with such hostility. For those of you disappointed, please feel free to contact the Grapevine Parks & Rec department to let them know how disappointed you are with their director’s decision to shut down our peaceful, family friendly event.
Thank you to all the attendees, vendors and sponsors who made this possible. We will try to make it up as soon as possible.