City has ruined the event
The Seafair attendance article misses a very important point. [“Seafair’s closing-weekend numbers have been dropping,” NW Monday, Aug. 5.]
Going to the hydro races is no longer a fun, family event. The city of Seattle (yes, the same city that cannot run a business as complicated as a downtown parking lot) is trying to convert the family outing event into a business profit center for the city.
Parking fees are outrageously high. Street parking is blocked off so people are forced into parking lots that are far from the lake. There is no pack mule or jitney service available for carting folding chairs, coolers, picnic baskets, kids toys, radios, flotation devices, etc.
One must make several long trips back and forth to get their stuff to the lake. Roads are closed off well in advance, and overnight camping is no longer allowed. Then the beach is fenced off so the city can charge admission, too.
The city has ruined my Seafair race experience, and I will not attend anymore. It looks like many people share my thoughts. The city needs to look in the mirror to see the cause of the dropping attendance.
Ted Grimes, Seattle