civil rights trampled on at city run festival Archived

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arrived at the west river festival at approx.130 pm.we brought 6 children with us to enjoy the day.as we pulled into the PUBLIC PARK we were stopped by a festival worker who said there is no public parking avail. here at the park,parking is only avail.about 1/3 of a mile away across the 4 lane boulevard and behind Barnard school.I then showed her my handicap plcard and explained i am only able to walk a short distance due tio my prostetic brace and use of a cane.she informed us nothing can be done there is no parking here even though there were mant cars parked in that area already.i saw an open spot and another worker said it was ok to park there.after parking and starting to disembark the first woman ran down to where i was parked and started yelling at me that parking there is only for people for thefestival ie vendors and such ther still was plenty of parking avail in this area. she then even after seing that i am not able to stand or walk without assistance exclaimed that she was going to block my vehicle in and have it towed.i reminded her we were in a public park.she said it didnt mattershe was the organizer paid $500 to rent the park and it was not a public park today so she did not have to provide any handicap parking or accecability at this point a self proclaimed represetative of the city showed up and tried to rectify the situation by having me move my vehicle and park a little further away .i explained to him that at this point we were leaving because as a WOUNDED DISABLED AMERICAN VETERAN, I WAS HURT AND EMBARASSED FOR MY CHILDREN TO SEE THIS SPECTACLE.MANY ADA LAWS AND RIGHTS WERE BROKEN TODAY IN A PUBLIC SPACE AND I AM VERY SADEND BY IT.I SERVED MY COUNTRY TO WELL AND WOULD DO IT AGAIN

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