Street closures for some upcoming special events were approved by the Parker Town Council at their Oct. 6 meeting. One of these is a returning event, the second is a modified version of an annual event, and the third is a brand new event for Parker.
The returning event is the BlueWater Desert Challenge, an off-road racing event organized by Best in the Desert Racing Association. The event is back in the Parker area after an absence of a few years. Due to the BlueWater Resort & Casino being open only on a limited basis, the decision was made to hold contingency and technical inspection on the streets of downtown Parker.
This will mark the first time BITD has conducted contingency and tech inspection in downtown Parker. Since 2003, they had been held in the BlueWater’s north parking lot.
The street closures will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23. Best in the Desert has requested Kofa Avenue be closed from 15th Street to Arizona Avenue, and that Arizona Avenue be closed from Kofa Avenue to California Avenue.
The Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce & Tourism has asked for Joshua Avenue to be closed from Arizona Avenue to 12th Street during the same period. In their request for a street closure, the Chamber stated they wanted to use this area for food vendors and others.
The modified annual event will be Trunk or Treat, which is sponsored by the Town of Parker’s Parks & Recreation Committee. This event will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, with street closures in effect from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This closure affects the streets surrounding Pop Harvey Park. Agency Road and Ninth Street will be closed from Mohave to Navajo Avenues, while Mohave and Navajo Avenues will be closed from Agency Road to Ninth Street.
The final event requiring street closures is the Volks Jam VW Car Show, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 14 at Western Park. Desert and Chemehuevi Avenues between Riverside Drive and Seventh Street will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is a new event for Parker. It’s described as an event where owners of vintage or customized Volkswagen vehicles can come and show them off to other Volkswagen owners and the public.
Mayor Dan Beaver said he knew the organizers of this event, and he knew it would be a great event for Parker.