The events surrounding the Shock Therapy Parker 250 for motorcycles, quads and UTVs will require some temporary street closures in central Parker. These closures will allow for the Downtown Experience, a street fair and “show and shine.” They will also allow for contingency and technical inspection to be held in downtown Parker.

The closures were approved at the Parker Town Council’s Nov. 16 meeting.

The closures for the Parker 250 will be from 6 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2022 to 6 p.m. Jan. 7. While the Downtown Experience will be on Jan. 7, this will allow for race crews and vendors to set up the night before.

Arizona Avenue between California Avenue and Laguna Avenue will be closed to all traffic except for race vehicles participating in contingency and technical inspection. The same will apply to Joshua Avenue between 14th Street and 12th Street.

Joshua Avenue from Arizona Avenue and 14th Street will be where the food and merchandise vendors will be. They will also be in the parking lot of the Joshua Street Mall, which is located between Arizona Avenue and 14th Street.

The actual inspection sites will be on Arizona Avenue between Joshua Avenue and California Avenue. Arizona Avenue will also be the site of the Event Expo, with vendors and displays from companies related to the off-road and racing fields.

There will also be a soft closure on 11th Street from Joshua Avenue to Laguna Avenue and on Laguna Avenue from 11th Street to Arizona Avenue. Traffic on these streets will be limited. This will allow for registration at the Parker Community/Senior Center. The center is located at 12th Street and Laguna Avenue.

This event is a throwback to the old days of Parker racing when contingency was held in downtown Parker.

After Best in the Desert Racing Association took over the Parker races in 2003, contingency and technical inspection were held at one of the major sponsors for the races, the BlueWater Resort & Casino, an enterprise of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. The Downtown Experience was added in 2010 as an event following the time trials for the Parker 425. It gave racers a chance to show off their vehicles and race fans a chance to meet the racers and get up close and personal with their machines.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the BlueWater closed in March 2020. It reopened on a limited basis in September 2020, but special events have been cancelled until further notice. This made it necessary to move events related to the Parker off-road races to central Parker.

With the pandemic, CRIT has adopted policies intended to slow the spread of the virus. These involved limiting public events on Tribal land. As a result, the races have been banned from the CRIT reservation. This is why the starting line was moved from California Avenue in downtown Parker to an area off Shea Road located on land held by the Bureau of Land Management.

Two popular spectator spots established by BITD, the Parker Python and the former main pit area near Avi Suquilla Airport, are inaccessible to the racers.

For more information on the Downtown Experience, call the Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce & Tourism at 928-669-2174.

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