I invite the Olympia Toy Run to come to Lacey. You are welcome here.
Once again, the city of Olympia and its myopic vision is threatening an iconic community event — the Olympia Toy Run. In these dire economic times, Olympia should welcome this event, not give it the cold shoulder.
Think about the economic realities:
• $200,000 in toys and cash donations to The Salvation Army. That’s huge.
• Many of those toys were purchased locally, generating much needed sales tax revenue.
• An estimated 17,000 motorcycles brought at least that many riders to town, and they purchased food, lodging, and other goods and services.
• The spectators who came to view the run also spent money locally as part of the event.
Worried about traffic? Maybe we should cancel Black Friday. That snarled traffic for hours.
I’m concerned that the city of Olympia is ill-prepared for a major incident if they can’t come up with a simple contingency plan for a congestive traffic event whose time, date, route are known.
Drain on police resources? I don’t recall seeing any news about incidents during the Toy Run, unlike Lakefair shootings, drunken Super Saturday partiers, and property destroying political protesters.
Try getting volunteers involved. I for one would volunteer my time for any training needed to assist with crowd and traffic control for a Lacey Toy Run.
Let’s face it. The Toy Run is a bunch of generous Hogs, and the city of Olympia is a bunch of selfish pigs.