West Linn cancels Summer Street Dance due to staffing shortage
Citing a staff shortage, the city of West Linn has canceled this year's annual Summer Street Dance.
The street dance, which was also canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, has traditionally offered live music, hay bales, food and beverage vendors and a crowd of dancers on Willamette Falls Drive in the Historic Willamette Area for one night each summer since 2008.
"This year the city has experienced the inability to hire our normal level of seasonal staff for our recreation program and park maintenance," Parks and Recreation Director Ken Warner said via email. "Without the ability to utilize seasonal staff to support programs and events our permanent staff have had to work many more hours than planned."
A common event for the Willamette area decades ago, the street dance was revitalized in 2008 by the parks department and a group of citizens to mark the centennial of the town of Willamette (now the Willamette neighborhood).
In lieu of the dance, the parks department has added an extra night of Music In the Park, which will take place Thursday, Aug 18, at Tanner Creek Park. The CJ Mickens Band, which was slated to perform at the street dance, will take the stage that night.
The parks department plans to bring the dance back in 2023.
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