I was at Sorticulture this year and what a great turnout (“Sorticulture, Everett’s garden arts fest. returns to downtown,” The Herald, June 10). I love having it in the heart of downtown Everett! Everyone I talked to at the event also agreed.
I was shocked when I heard some people think Legion Memorial Park is the only suitable location for this event. I’m opposed to this location.
As the owner of Cafe Zippy for over 17 years, I think it’s important for events like this to involve the core of our city. This way so many small businesses in the area are benefiting from this event also. This is what community is about!
Some other benefits to having Downtown Everett being the permanent location for Sorticulture: More parking is available, a variety of buses going to Downtown Everett, plus lots of room for it to expand with more vendors.
People that need devices to assist them in walking and others who need wheelchairs were able to attend this event via roads and sidewalks. When the event was located at the park, the grass would be an obstacle that wouldn’t allow them to attend this event. Other reasons I don’t find the park to be an ideal location are not enough parking, crowding and limited space for vendors who can participate.
I also talked to people at Sorticulture for the first time. They replied that they enjoyed the event, restaurants, shops and just roaming around downtown Everett.
I want to give a big shout out to Tyler Chism and all the other staff at the City of Everett who helped facilitate this fantastic event!