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7/31/2014 6:00:00 AM
Parking will be an issue for Kingman festival
Organizers hoped to fill the Lee Williams High School with potential volunteers Tuesday, but more than 100 people did show up. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)
Organizers hoped to fill the Lee Williams High School with potential volunteers Tuesday, but more than 100 people did show up. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)
By Hubble Ray Smith
Miner reporter

KINGMAN - Parking is going to be a challenge for the International Route 66 Festival coming to downtown Kingman in two weeks, the festival director said Tuesday evening at a meeting for volunteers.

Route 66 will be closed early on the morning of Aug. 16, a Saturday, from Fourth to Sixth streets and from First to Fourth streets with two volunteers stationed at each closure point directing traffic to nearby parking lots.

Preferred parking lots are at the Mohave County Administration Building, Lee Williams High School, Kingman City Hall and Mohave County Courthouse. There are also 295 downtown street parking spaces.

Kingman Area Regional Transit will be running shuttle routes from downtown to parking lots at Staples and Wal-Mart on Stockton Hill Road and the Mohave County Fairgrounds free of charge to residents and tourists.

"We're doing the best we can to find places to park," director Dora Manley said.

Kingman Police Chief Robert DeVries cautioned volunteers to stay out of the way of traffic. Volunteers will wear neon-green T-shirts, so they'll be easily recognizable by festival goers, but also easy targets, the chief said.

About 125 volunteer workers attended the meeting held at Lee Williams High School auditorium. Some of them represented groups such as Kingman High School Robotics and Sharpshooters, who will be sending kids around downtown to keep it clean.

Manley said she's looking for volunteers for all events, from the meet-and-greet with Route 66 artists, authors and collectors on Aug. 15 to cleanup on Aug. 17. They'll work two- and four-hour shifts.

Volunteers are needed to staff the information booth at Locomotive Park and count the number of people going to the electric car museum, the Powerhouse and the Route 66 symposium.

Others will conduct surveys of where people came from, where they're staying, how much they plan to spend and other information that can be fed to the Tourism Development Commission.

"TDC gave us $20,000 and they want to know the return on their marketing dollars," Manley said.

Volunteers will also help with the Route 66 Film Festival at the Old Elks, Beale Celebrations, the Volkswagen car show at TNT Auto Center and Chillin' on Beale car show Aug. 16.

One of the volunteers asked if Route 66 Festival programs will be available at local motels and restaurants.

Manley said Grand Canyon Resorts printed about 5,000 programs and they will be placed at TNT Auto Center, Powerhouse and an information booth at Locomotive Park. Any extras may be delivered to motels, she said.

"Anytime someone asks you a question you don't know, send them to the information booth," she said.

The entertainment lineup features two performances by The Road Crew, a Nashville, Tenn.-based Route 66 tribute band. A fan from Portland, Ore., launched an online fundraising campaign to pay the band's travel expenses to Kingman.

Chicago Title is sponsoring a concert at Locomotive Park on Aug. 14, and Redneck's BBQ is hosting a concert Saturday night. A concert by Reunion, with two original members of The Lettermen, is slated for Aug. 16 at Lee Williams High School auditorium. Tickets are $20.

A schedule of events and activities can be found on several websites, including www.route66kingmanfestival.com, www.gokingman.com and www.route66news.com.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ Thai...
I guess you missed this part?

"Preferred parking lots are at the Mohave County Administration Building, Lee Williams High School, Kingman City Hall and Mohave County Courthouse."

Looks like the school will be used I guess?


Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

Oh how the times have changed.

Back in the old day's the local high school would allow people to use their parking lot when the community had an event like this.

But I suppose in this day and age of the "me" generation the only group allowed to use a school on a weekend is some so called church.

There is a huge dis-connect these days from our community as a whole and its residents.

Taxpayer funded school grounds and the taxpayer can't use it. Gotta love progress.


Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ Ludo Bagman

I guess you missed this part?

"Kingman Area Regional Transit will be running shuttle routes from downtown to parking lots at Staples and Wal-Mart on Stockton Hill Road and the Mohave County Fairgrounds free of charge to residents and tourists."

Though I do agree with you about using the K-Mart lot. You know, the one across from where many of the motels are located? Why they would use the already often crowded WalMart lot is beyond me. Maybe they'll schedule one of those stupid car dealer things at WM at the same time to just increase the congestion even more.

Heck, how about using the 5 acre (?) city owned lot beside Lewis Kingman Park? Wouldn't take a day to move some of those gravel piles out of the way. I'm pretty sure there is some sort of access off the road?


Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014
Article comment by: Ludo Bagman

Have we thought about using a shuttle such as KART to transport local citizens to and from a central location? Maybe from one or two local business establishments such as K-mart or Wal-mart? This would at least free-up as many parking spots as possible for the out-of-towners, and provide walk-in business for the stores.

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Article comment by: Anonymous No Facebook

If I was a visitor to the Route 66 festival, I would be extremely offended if someone asked me how much I plan to spend. This is part of the information they are gathering through the polls they will be giving people.

I think it sounds desperate. Spend more time ensuring that the visitors have parking, make the place look great and welcome the visitors. Income will naturally occur because the yare happy and are enjoying the festival.

Polls, no parking, etc. will reduce the amount or maybe the amount will be zero due to all the Kingman people taking all the parking spots. Do you have maps to give to the visitors so they will be able to locate the parking. If they are new town it can assumed they don't know where everything is.

How long has the planning for this festival been going on. There should be no guesses going on now - it should be already figured out.


Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Article comment by: Justa Citizen

This is a great thing for Kingman. Will there be problems? Sure. All towns who host any kind of event, festival, what have you, experiences problems.

Sure there will be a wait at restaurants. What do you expect them to do, add on an auditorium to handle the crowds?

Sure there will be parking problems. What do you expect them to do, add a few thousand parking spots for 3 days?

All towns have these problems but most people don't whine and moan about it. They accept the minor inconvenience for a few days, enjoy the event and move on.

If you want to have a good time, enjoy a few days of fun, food and frolic, then go down that weekend and have a great time. You will have some pleasant memories to talk about and maybe a few pictures to show later.

If you don't want to be a part of this, stay home and whine and complain to each other and be miserable.


Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Article comment by: Oh Ya

Imagine the amount of parking spots they would have if they could just Bulldoze all those decrepit properties!

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Article comment by: R. Smith

IT'S GEAT TO HAVE THESE FOLKS HERE. THE ISSUE IS PARKING. I LIVE IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA AND IT IS ALWAYS A PROBLEM WHEN THESE EVENTS OCCUR. PEOPLE INSIST ON PARKING IN FRONT OF MY HOME AND BLOCKING IN MY VEHICLE FOR HOURS. NOT A CARE IN THE WORLD THAT I NEED TO GET TO WORK OR JUST PLAIN LEAVE. I HAVE PLACED CONES AND BARRICCADES, ONLY TO HAVE THEM REMOVED. THE NEXT STEP IS THE TOW TRUCK

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Article comment by: john g

ha ha ha lack of parking in kingman we have lots of open lots for parking of cars -ohh I get it now they don't want the out of towners to see the real kingman .duty streets with durt and rocks on the roads .



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