Everett City Council Asked To Approve 2-Day Hyrdoplane Race On Silver Lake This Year

April 27, 2021

Events in Everett

Editor’s Update Thursday 4/29: The Everett City Council did approve the 2-day request for this year only and will evaluate going forward based on what happens this year.

Hydros on Silver Lake

A photo from a race in 2013

Silver Lake Hydros

Another image from 2013..

Like most things last year the annual hydroplane races on Silver Lake in south Everett were cancelled due to COVID-19. On Wednesday the Everett City Council will is being asked by the Parks Department to approve two days of racing on June 5th and 6th. The event had traditionally been one day. The request is on the consent agenda for the City Council meeting that is happening at 12:30 PM Wednesday April 28th. Here’s more from the briefing agenda sheet.

In accordance with Ordinance 1183-85, the Seattle Outboard Association submitted a formal application to hold its 2021 Boating Regatta on Silver Lake. A one-day Regatta has been held annually on Silver Lake since 1954. This is the second year the application requested a two-day event on June 5th and 6th (the 2020 event was cancelled). Parks
staff solicited public input at the Silver Lake Neighborhood meetings in March.

The Board of Park Commissioners held a public hearing on April 6th and voted to recommend to Council that the Seattle Outboard Association’s application to hold its annual Boating Regatta over two days, June 5 and 6, 2021 be approved.

Ordinance 1183-85 requires City Council approval. The City Council has approved the Association’s request, on an annual basis, to hold a one-day event on Silver Lake. This is the only event of this type held at Silver Lake during the year.

The recommendation from the Park Board also included an expectation that the loudest of the boats race within a two-hour window in the early to mid-afternoon, that walker access is still allowed through the park and that the neighbors are notified of the extended length of the event.

Recommendation (exact action requested of Council):
Approve the Seattle Outboard Association application to hold a two-day boating regatta on Silver Lake on June 5 and 6, 2021.


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