- Application submitted well ahead of the requested 2 months before event date requirement
- Paid all application fees and rental fees in full
- Provided the necessary insurance and named the City of Seattle as an additional insured party
- Received confirmation from the Parks and Rec department
- Received actual permit to hold event from Parks and Rec department
Additionally, Low Pressure Promotions gave adequate notice to park users PRIOR to the event, by placing physical signs in the park, posting messages on the West Seattle Blog Forum, and alerting local residents of the West Seattle Community.
Currently, as of Tuesday afternoon, we are working on an alternative venue close to the city of Seattle. We will post new information regarding the Saturday race by noon Wednesday, Oct 28th.
Below is a series of FAQ’s to help guide you given this circumstance. Please be patient, as we are working on a positive outcome!
Q: Why has the City of Seattle revoked the permit?
A: The City of Seattle gave three main reasons for revoking the permit. Please note that we are in NO way placing blame on our friends who put on the previous CX race in 2003 at Lincoln Park. We respect their work, and believe the feedback from the community after that race was very one-sided. That said, the city sighted three reasons for pulling the permit; the permit has been revoked because of the following (verbatim):
- The department commitment in 2003 not to permit future cyclecross events in Lincoln Park following an event which caused significant damage and destruction to the park.
- Correspondence we received from the coammunity expressing concern with your planned event. We provided you with copies these e-mail.
- The potential for unreasonable levels of destruction and damage to what is considered to be a natural area park.
Q: Who wrote correspondence to the City?
A: A UW Professor and Boeing employee. We have given the authors the benefit of the doubt, and chose not to publish their names, phone numbers, or home addresses. The emails are public record and can be requested in full using the email addresses below. Here is a link to one of the letters. Think your voice doesn’t matter when writing to local, state, and national government? Think again.
Q: I pre-registered for the race, will I be refunded?
A: We are trying to re-locate the venue. We will have an answer by noon on Wednesday, Oct. 28th. In the event you want a refund, please contact us and we will absolutely refund your race entry, or apply it to a potential new race which is still to be determined.
A: This will be determined after we’ve figured out the extent to which we can land an alternative venue
A: Currently, the Superintendent of the Parks and Recreation Department, as well as Seattle City Council member Tom Rasmussen, have only heard feedback from citizens expressing–very candidly–why the permit should be revoked. While it is clear that this decision at Lincoln is final, you can provide your feedback to this news by writing three folks:
- Tom Rasmussen, Seattle City Council Member, Chair of the Parks and Recreation Department: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Timothy Gallagher, Superintendent Seattle City Parks and Rec: email@example.com
- Christopher Williams, Deputy Superintendent Seattle City Parks and Rec: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: As you choose a new venue with literally 48 hours to let the CX community know if a new venue is on or off, what priciples are you using to make your decision?
A: Venues are very difficult to find. We were first offered options from the City of Seattle which were not suited for Cyclocross. We were then offered a great option, but the date was for Sunday, November 1st, and we specifically chose to yield to Seattle Cyclocross’s race at Maris Farm. As we continue to look for an emergency venue, we look to previously established relationships which we have forged with City, County, and State Park relationships.