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Park City Council To Consider Car-Free Sundays On Main St. In Special Meeting

Park City Chamber/Bureau

The Park City Council is hosting a special meeting this afternoon at 4:30. Go to parkcity.org to find out how to listen in or give public comment.

The Park City Council will  hold a public hearing and consider approval for a Level 4 Special Event Permit for the downtown business improvement district, including car-free use of Park City's Main Street on Sundays starting in June.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city is considering ways to support small businesses by re-purposing the use of public spaces to facilitate social distancing.

The Historic Park City Alliance is looking for approval for a car-free Main Street on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.  from June 14th to September 6th.

If successful, the HPCA could consider expanding the number of car-free days as long as the health and safety regulations are followed by  businesses and patrons.  

The council will also consider changes to allow alcohol service in public spaces in a separate request.

Rather than trying to make changes to the Land Management Code, or institute a Temporary Zoning Ordinance to make this happen, the city council will delegate limited authority to the city manager to process HPCA’s request .

Staff will finalize an operational and logistics plan. Based on a staff report,those plans include free parking on Swede Alley and China Bridge this summer. However, if parking reaches more than 80% capacity, staff could consider charging for parking.

Post office parking will be relocated to Swede Alley on Sundays. There is no parking in residential areas. A shuttle will run to move pedestrians from Heber Ave to the top of Main Street on Swede Alley.

Two-way traffic will remain on Swede Alley. Drop and load areas will include the Brew Pub lot, the south section of the Bob Wells Lot, Heber Ave and the 9th Street trolley turnaround.

Restroom attendants will be on site at both the Transit Center and Miners Parks restrooms for increased sanitization between  noon and 8 p.m.

Staff anticipates the total cost to the city for the 13 Sundays to be about $59,000. The council is being asked to allow the city manager to spend up to $80,000 for any unanticipated needs.

City staff has also received a request for expanded business uses at the Snow Creek Market area. This would be considered a Level 3 special event, so wouldn’t need council approval. 

In other business, the council will adopt a resolution acknowledging Linda Perkins' retirement from the Park City Cooperative Preschool after 20 years. The Park City Coop has been an anchor tenant at the Park City Library since the 1990’s.