Eastern Washington Orienteering Club
EWOC Has No More Events Scheduled in 2016
We'll post events for 2017 here soon. Despite the trouble we're having with The City of Spokane (see below) we look forward to a busy and fun year.
No More Events Within The City of Spokane
We expect that our 2017 schedule will not make use of our maps of Manito Park, Lincoln Park, Gonzaga University, Camp Sekani, or Finch Arboretum. The City of Spokane's permit process and fee structure has gotten to a point that we cannot justify the time or expense. We do not want to raise our start fees to unreasonable levels, and as volunteer club officers, we only have so many hours to devote to filling out forms. Below is an abbreviated list of what the City of Spokane requires if the twenty or so of us want to get together in a city park:
Rather than deal with Parks and Rec directly, we now have to pay a $50 "Special Event Fee" to city hall to begin the permit process for every single event.
Pay $25 to the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department
Show proof of insurance covering up to $2,000,000 of liability.
New rule: Secure a "business license" — even though we're a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization. The cost is $56 per year, plus $19 to the state initially.
EWOC has been following the rules, securing permits, and paying fees to The City for almost 30 years. We are sorry to lose the venues, but unless and until the City cuts back some of the expenses and bureaucracy, we have no choice but to move to more hospitable places. If you are disappointed that it is has become too complicated and expensive for our little map and compass club to meet in public parks, please express your concerns on the City's "Ask The Mayor" page — especially if you live within city limits. Thank you for your understanding as we struggle through the adjustments we need to make.