Cool with me if it's cool with the admins. It is planning, and I'm not sure where else this would go?
I advised Thomas as I will advise everyone; park at the Oregon Convention Center. If you are staying at the Red Lion, park there for free (for hotel guests only) and just walk across the street. There are a dozen or more hotel/motels in the area, and I'm sure any have free parking for guests, and are in walking distance.
Disclaimer: the BrickFest organizing "committee" of which I am one, gets absolutely nothing if you park there, this is only my personal opinion. Decide for yourself.
My slightly-more-than-two-cents; The parking is a MAXIMUM $8 a day, and that is very reasonable. You get to leave your car in a fairly secure area (no guarantee of security of any kind is implied), it can't be closer (right underneath the OCC), and it is unlikely you would find anything cheaper-enough to make it worthwhile. I live an hour away and will be driving in and parking each day. I will not park 5 blocks away wondering all day if my car and contents are still there and dreading the hike back at 11pm through a highly urban area, just to save a buck on parking. It's not even close to worth it. That said, the neighborhood the OCC is in is just fine. I have no reason to think anything nefarious would have there as opposed to anywhere else.
Here's how I would do it if I were coming from out of town---
-THURSDAY Looks like we'll be able to unload cars directly into the convention hall starting by noon, a huge plus! I would unload my car if I was arriving Thursday. Then go check in at my hotel. If your hotel is close, walk back to the OCC. If not, take the MAX which has a stop right at the OCC, or pay the $8 and park. Or go take in the sights.
-FRIDAY Same deal about parking or walking. Keep in mind that we will have the event at the Lego store from 10pm to 1am and it is a 15 minute drive away across town.
-SATURDAY Ditto Friday except the store thing.
-SUNDAY Check out from your hotel and park at the OCC for the day.
$8 to $16 for parking for a weekend in a major metropolitan downtown area. Doesn't get any cheaper than that. I know in the Western states we balk at paying to park our cars, but I'm going to spend about $32 in parking for the weekend. Well worth it for the improved security, the convenience, and the price.
All--Please PM me and we can exchange cell numbers. We can arrange to meet people and help with logistics on site. Everyone pitches in and helps unload cars, give directions and all that. This is the best group of strangers you'll ever meet! Strangers until March 30th of course. This is going to be a lot of fun, I can't wait. Seeya there!
Men who lie, merely hide the truth; but men who tell half-lies, have forgotten where they put it--Samuel Clemens