Dayton Air Show seeks $600,000 for new parking lot

Some cars needed help to get out of the Vectren Dayton Air Show’s P-Lot for pavilion and chalet ticket holders in this 2015 photo. Spectators reported having to walk through 4-inch deep puddles and jump over foot-deep mud ruts in what was a grass field. JANEL SKERL / CONTRIBUTED)

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Some cars needed help to get out of the Vectren Dayton Air Show’s P-Lot for pavilion and chalet ticket holders in this 2015 photo. Spectators reported having to walk through 4-inch deep puddles and jump over foot-deep mud ruts in what was a grass field. JANEL SKERL / CONTRIBUTED)

Seeking to address a longstanding concern, organizers of the CenterPoint Energy Dayton Air Show are seeking more than $600,000 in state or federal funding to establish paved parking for show visitors.

Show visitors who drive to the show near Dayton International Airport usually have to park on grass fields near the airport, off McCauley and Dixie drives in Vandalia. When it rains, flooding and mud can become issues.

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A 2015 photo of Dayton Air Show spectators having to walk through 4-inch deep puddles and mud near show parking areas. JANEL SKERL / CONTRIBUTED)

A 2015 photo of Dayton Air Show spectators having to walk through 4-inch deep puddles and mud near show parking areas. JANEL SKERL / CONTRIBUTED)

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A 2015 photo of Dayton Air Show spectators having to walk through 4-inch deep puddles and mud near show parking areas. JANEL SKERL / CONTRIBUTED)

“We are looking to create a new parking lot,” show organizers said in an application to the Dayton Region Priority Development & Advocacy Committee. “We’ve experienced flooded lots in past years which has significantly impacted our show as we’ve had to implement remote parking.”

The committee, sometimes called “PDAC,” recently asked for ideas and projects worthy of lobbying for government funding. The committee web site lays out requests and ideas in several areas, including defense, health care, education, economic development, transportation and others.

ExploreDayton committee seek ideas and projects worthy of lobbying and government funding

“Remote parking significantly increases our costs because we have to shuttle everyone,” the air show said in its PDAC application. “It also has a negative impact on the local economy because people are unable to attend the show and cannot spend time in the local community due to traffic delays.”

The application puts the funding amount at $606,000. The money will be used for land acquisition, the application says, adding: “The new parking lot will keep the air show in the community to continue to have a significant economic impact on the local community.”

New PDAC project submissions are open for public comment. The public comment period will end Dec. 1. More information can be found here.

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