Everything has been wrapped up just like a sitcom. The results of the meeting on Friday, 6 August were, I suppose, positive, but were no different than the results of the Meeting earlier this summer. Fortunately, this time there is something in writing. This documentation will be made public as soon as it is finalized, and we will stand by it. The agreement states that Bicycle polo is to be allowed in certain designated areas of certain Portland parks, and that PP&R will help polo-ers to find suitable and agreeable areas to play. Polo will be treated equally with all other informal (pickup) sports played in Portland parks, but in turn must agree to follow all laws and regulations governing said parks. Specifically included is city code 20.12.140 in re: alcoholic beverages in the parks. We will be allowed to host large events, but will be required to secure permits for crowd and alcohol. If, like some of our friends, you went out of town for a few weeks, you would be hard pressed to realise that anything had ever happened. At least some folks justified their salaries.
I'd personally like to thank everyone who came to bat for us. Mr. Steven Liens of the "friends of Alberta Park", John Kennedy of the USBPA, Phil Busse of the Portland Mercury, and the members of ZooBomb and SHIFT who called or emailed PP&R on our behalf. And if anyone in SHIFT thinks that I "have a lot of nerve," I do. I also think that you need to get a sense of frickin' humour. A big fat middle finger to the Willamette Week and to those who posted on IndyMedia about our apparent choice of malt beverages. F YOU, YA BOURGEOIS BASTARDS!