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Park City Council says yes to exploring park and ride at Gordo site

A map of the Gordo property on the eastern edge of Park City along SR-248.
Park City Municipal Corporation
A map of the Gordo property on the eastern edge of Park City along SR-248.

The Park City Council unanimously gave city transportation staff a thumbs up to explore building a park and ride on the Gordo property, which is on the eastern edge of the city along SR-248.

The city previously abandoned plans to build a soil management facility at the property, following community outcry.

The direction came during a three-hour work session on transportation. Several councilmembers made clear that a parking lot at Gordo, which could mainly serve day skiers and snowboarders, must come alongside citywide transit solutions.

Last month the council approved a study to look at unorthodox transportation ideas for the SR-248 corridor, including aerial transit and a tunnel.

Councilmember Max Doilney said he’d like Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort to play an active role in the project, if the council decides to move forward. He noted that it’s inevitable that both resorts will redevelop their parking lots one way or another in the future.

Grant funds previously earmarked for a park and ride in Quinn’s Junction near the US-40 intersection could go to the Gordo project. The council narrowly voted down the Quinn’s Junction project last April.

It’s not yet clear how many parking stalls the Gordo property could offer.

The city stood up the 6 Silver bus line at the nearby Richardson Flat park and ride this winter for the first time. Bus ridership from that parking lot has steadily increased, and the council has shown support for running the route, which also serves the Park City Heights neighborhood, year-round.

At the end of the work session, the council also gave approval for the city to organize a public town hall event, where residents could pitch their own transportation ideas.