Future of the Pacific Scooter Experience

February 16, 2020

Thank you to the parents and individuals who participated in our State of the Park conference calls held earlier this month.  Although we did not get a huge turnout, it was a positive experience with a lot of great ideas shared.

We absolutely appreciate the support PSX has received since we opened our doors in 2017.  Since then, I have received many personal thank you’s, testimonials and letters confirming that PSX is a valued and trusted sports venue for our local youth.

Unfortunately, the reality is that the park just doesn’t generate enough revenue to cover the costs of operation.  It is with a heavy heart that I announce, after several months of reviewing creative ways to move forward, we have decided to close PSX doors.

Beginning March 1, the park and spectator area will be listed on commercial sites as available for subleasing.  When a sublease tenant is identified and the process finalized, teardown of the park will begin.  We will also be listing several park items for sale:  ramps, tables, chairs, booth seating, etc. 

PSS will not be closing.  The scooter shop will stay in place and continue to operate as usual.

Is there a way to save the park?  Yes, but we feel the only solution would be for the community to take PSX under its wing via a monthly sponsor process.  As we discussed on the calls, keeping the lights on requires $4,800/month.  In addition, an annual lump sum insurance payment of $4,000 is due each September.

A monthly sponsor is an individual or group of individuals that financially support the park each month.  For example: 

  • 1 monthly sponsor of $4,800
  • 2 monthly sponsors of $2,400 each
  • 4 monthly sponsors of $1,200 each
  • 10 monthly sponsors of $480 each
  • 20 monthly sponsors of $240 each
  • 40 monthly sponsors of $120 each

PSX is pursuing grants but that space is highly competitive and takes a tremendous amount of time and effort to see success, an effort that would need to be managed by a volunteer or group of volunteers.  Please see me if you have experience in this area.

If you would like to speak to me directly, please feel free to contact me at 425-629-3263, or via the Contact Us form at pacificscooterexperience.org

Thank you!

David

 

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January 2020

It's 2020 and PSX has been open for just over two years!  Woot!  Lots of fun, thrills, chills and yup a few spills.  But what does the future hold?  What's the plan for the park?  Expansion?  Remodels?  Events?  We'll answer these questions and more at our upcoming free conference call.

Date and time tbd but it will be in January, 2020.  And we'll do two at different times to accommodate more people.

If you’re want to see the short set of slides, you will need to install the FreeConferenceCall app.

Please join us at one of the two conference calls.  Should be 30-45 minutes.  Same discussion/presentation will be held at each one, so you only need to attend one.

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 8pm

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 8pm

Dial-in number: 712.451.0730

Access code: 975727
Meeting ID: 14766

https://join.freeconferencecall.com/14766

Link to PowerPoint deck

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1798/0155/files/2019_State_of_the_Union.pptx?418

 

Notes from Sunday, January 26th call:

Discussed the benefits and services that PSX offers.

Reviewed the financial state of the park

Brainstormed options and ideas.  Listed here in priority order:

1.  Need 3-4 active board and non-board members.  The only way to keep PSX open beyond Spring 2020 is to divide-and-conquer.  Currently, PSX has no active volunteers AND is in need for two active board members.

2.  Provide more open scooter sessions.  These sessions represent the #1 revenue generating services.

  • Effective February 1st, 2020
    • Increase the number of two-hour open sessions
    • Keep prices the same ($15) for two-hour open sessions
    • All open sessions go to two hours (from three hours)

 3.  Investigate if having a drop-in, open session during the week.  Not limited to time.  Riders could drop in any time during these sessions and pay a flat rate ($5?, $10?).

4.  Find corporate sponsors, both in the industry (manufacturers) and outside the industry (community service groups within the Seattle area).  This would require someone to volunteer several hours a week to reach out and do follow ups.

 

Notes from Wednesday, January 29th call:

Discussed the benefits and services that PSX offers.

Reviewed the financial state of the park.  Focused quite a bit on the need to get more people actively involved to help keep the park open.

Brainstormed options and ideas.

Create a package of open scooter sessions; 10 packs, 20 packs.  Offered at small discounts.

Start a 'frequent flyer' program.  Way to earn points, free sessions, etc.