Keep the Avondale 5k!
The City of Charleston wants us to move the Avondake 5k Race to the West Ashley Greenway...not in Avondale at all!
The Avondale 5k Race is an annual fundraiser that has raised over $350,000 for the Charles Webb Center - a developmental day care operated by the Disabilities Board of Charleston Charleston, serving special needs children from age six weeks to ten years old.
Without the support of the Avondale community and businesses, our race would not be nearly as successful.
Sign the petition to help us show the City of Charleston that we care about our community and want to continue this fun, family-friendly, annual fundraiser that benefits a children's organization.
A few of you have asked for more details on the petition, so here are the answers to some of your questions!
We have been working with the City of Charleston amicably for many years for the Avondale 5k. Recently, their main concern has become the safety of the participants. As those of you who have done the race know, we do not entirely shut down the side streets to inconvenience the neighborhood as little as possible. We are required by the City to hire law enforcement to facilitate the safe passage of any vehicles throughout the race route, and we consider that to make the race entirely safe, but the City no longer agrees. Their solution is to move the race to the West Ashley Greenway or another location (in one of the parks, perhaps). This is a community-based race that is put on by community volunteers - many of whom live in the Avondale area. The Avondale Business District and most of its members are huge supporters of this race and its current location. Additionally, we have support from a huge percentage of the Avondale neighborhood residents. As a result, we feel that the Avondale race should be able to stay in Avondale, and we hope you'll help us by providing your signatures and support!