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SDPD lifts ban on vendor parking at the Hillcrest Farmers Market

The Hillcrest Farmers Market happens every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm at 3960 Normal St. San Diego, California
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Following up on yesterday’s report that the San Diego Police Department would no longer allow vendors for the Hillcrest Farmers Market to park in the median during the event, we have learned through Hillcrest Business Association’s Executive (HBA) Director Benjamin Nicholls that will no longer the case.

In an email of thanks, Nicholls reached out the community saying, “The Police Department called me and let me know that they would allow parking on the median for the market. They would not be towing this weekend.”

The Hillcrest Farmers Market happens every Sunday on Normal Street near the Pride flag, and with hundreds in attendance, Nicholls worried that because the vendors would have to use spaces that would otherwise go to customers it would eventually “strangle the market.”

Although we still don’t know the initial reason why the SDPD gave the order in the first place, Nicholls said the department, “gave me several new conditions that we can work with.”

Nicholls also thanked the community and Councilmember Chris Ward for their quick work and advocacy to lift the ban. “150 parking spaces is a huge deal for Hillcrest business,” said Nicholls, adding, “I look forward to when the Normal Street project is complete and those spaces become permanent.”

In short, no parking will be lost, vendors won't be towed, and the Hillcrest Farmers Market will go on as usual. 

The Hillcrest Farmers Market happens every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm at 3960 Normal St. San Diego, California