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Electric Parade Welcomes Start Of Holiday Season

Historic Park City Alliance

The merchants of Park City’s Main Street kicked off their holiday season last weekend with the annual Electric Parade on Saturday evening, capping off a day of snowy weather.

The director of the Historic Park City Alliance, Michael Barille talked to us about that and other event sof the season.

Barille said there were 14 floats in the Electric Parade.

“I think it was a nice kickoff to the season for our merchants as well. Lodging is still a little thin for our holiday type numbers going into the season right now, but it looks like bookings will pick up as we get closer to Christmas. Again, it’s just a nice way to showcase our historic district and remind people this is a great place to come back and do their shopping and enjoy the rest of the season as well.”

Coming up will be the 12 Days of Christmas promotions, as well as Santa’s traditional arrival on the Town Lift.

Barille also reviewed the parking rates and regulations for the coming weeks.

“We’re at the reduced rate still seasonally until mid-December. Just a reminder for everybody that parking is free, absolutely free until 5:00. People are still learning that about the paid parking system it doesn’t start until the evening.”

Barille added that the first hour is free in the garage, after 5:00 pm.

Meanwhile, the city’s shoulder-season project, a reconstruction of Heber Avenue at Main, has been finished up, Barille said between the Heber Ave. work, and sidewalk reconstruction at the top of Main, they were feeling blocked in for a while.

“The thing to keep in mind is that the city often scheduled those projects in our offseason to try to minimize the amount of impacts and so we appreciate that scheduling consideration. We did have a couple of suggestions over the course of that project on Heber. We were able to negotiation some informational signage that made it clear that while the street was closed, the parking was still available. You could turn around there you could visit the businesses there. That helped some. We also noticed there was a lot of construction traffic parking right on either side of those intersections in public parking that was still available. While the rest of us work so hard when we have a project under construction, or even just normal operations to have our employees park off site. We felt like that would be appropriate for construction projects as well and pass that along. So city took that under consideration and will try to work that into a template for future projects.”

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.