Park rented, so no Farmers Market Oct. 5
The Farmers Market, which had to relocate its weekly sales event into Bancroft Park this summer, will not open this Saturday, Oct. 5 because the park won't be available.
Coronado High School rented the park that day for its Homecoming Parade.
Market head Frank Schmidt said he tried this week to work out a sharing arrangement with Coronado, but was told there wasn't room for both.
Also unsuccessfully ex-plored was a city waiver to let the market use 24th Street beside the park (as it had for its first 25 years).
Schmidt said he should have started working on the issue sooner. Meeting with City Parks before the summer, he'd reserved Bancroft every Saturday except Oct. 5. “When I signed up with Parks, I told them we would work with the school [regarding that day],” he said. “But I let it slip. If anyone's to blame, it's me.”
The annual parade will start at 9 a.m., along Colora-do Avenue from 28th to the park. The school also will use Bancroft that day for a 7:30 a.m. Pancake Break-fast, but most people will likely congregate there from about 9:30 to 10 a.m. for a post-parade pep rally.
The Farmers Market is popular, attracting hundreds of people, who shop from its 35-some vendors between about 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. The season goes from early June until the last Saturday in October (the 26th this year).
The relocation to the park in 2013 resulted from the city enforcing regulations that made staying on 24th Street cost-prohibitive, Schmidt explained last spring.
To avoid a conflict, he said he plans to seek a permit from the city for 24th Street on next year's Homecoming Parade Saturday… but to begin the process much earlier in the year.
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