November 17, 2011 in Washington Voices

Car show restrictions also limit donations


The Oct. 22 Valley Voice section of The Spokesman-Review carried an article by Nina Culver titled “Restrictions on car shows explained by parks director.” Unfortunately, only part of the story was printed.

I believe Mike Stone was the parks director of Spokane several years ago when car shows were banned in city parks. Now, the same director has almost stopped shows in the Valley. Mike Stone is using the same old rhetoric; cars are hard on the grass, sprinklers break, not enough restrooms, music too loud, not enough parking, etc.

I ask how does grass survive after a summer of soccer, football or baseball games? Sprinklers are below ground or at ground level; cars roll over them. How do kids and parents survive without adequate restrooms? Have you ever attended a silent sporting event? Do people walk or bus, maybe car pool to the parks?

I don’t think the public realizes almost all money generated by car shows got to charities. In the last three years, more than 54 charities and organizations have received money and time donated by our efforts. In 2010, 20 out of about 70 clubs in the NW Car Club Council reported donations totaling $52,873; hours donated exceeded 4,570. Our greatest accomplishment, a scholarship fund, to date has awarded $172,255 to students.

Car events in our area, vintage racers, super Chevy shows, Goodguys and the International Mustang Meet have also generated millions of dollars to Spokane’s economy. It’s time to treat car clubs and fans with the respect they deserve. Last, we also pay taxes and vote.

Jack Bean

President, Inland NW Ford Club

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