The Park Silly Sunday Market On Track For 80 Percent Diversion For Waste

Aug 2, 2018

The Park City Council will get the mid-season report for the Park Silly Sunday Market at Thursday’s meeting. Staff reports that the event is meeting all of the requirements in the first of their three-year contract – despite of their double-digit growth. Melissa Allison has more:

The Park Silly Sunday Market is in its 12th season of bringing merchants, musicians, artists, and shoppers together on lower Main St.

The organizers for the event juggle impacts such as noise, parking, traffic and waste. With an 11 percent increase in attendance from last year’s season so far - those impacts can add up.

Park City Manager Diane Foster said the city and the organizers are dedicated to listening to the community’s concerns.

“You know I think the Silly Market continues to be hugely successful  and I think that’s what we hear from residents is, if you live close to it, you do have some concerns,” Foster said. “And we do, you know one person brings up one concern – we and the folks from the Silly Market are responsive to that so whether it be, ‘Hey somebody parked in my driveway’ or there’s a question about the volume of something, we do respond to that.”

In their commitment to support the city’s sustainability and net-zero efforts, the organizers have, so far for their 2018 season, recycled more than 6,000 pounds of waste, composted 4,500 pounds of biodegradables and are currently at a 76 percent rate for waste diversion, putting them on track to meet or exceed their goal of having an 80 percent waste diversion rate for the season.

It’s projected the market will be charged just $3,000 because of their green efforts.

Foster said council is serious about having all events meet some form of a green standard.

“The city council has directed staff to start making them more green,” Foster said. “And all of our events now are working with Jenny Diersen and her team to submit, ‘What are they doing that is more environmentally sensitive?’ I think you heard from Extreme Soccer that they’ve now eliminated water bottles so, we’re looking forward to those greener events.”

One of the complaints for business owners on upper Main St. is the lack of business because of the Sunday event.

Foster said council is working with the Silly Market organizers to resolve that issue as well.

“I will say overall; the Silly Market has been a great addition,” Foster said. “I think the folks at the Historic Park City Alliance are generally supportive of it. Sometimes individual business owners have concerns about it and as again, we always work to address that. And I think one of the things we’ll be looking at is, moving forward, is the opportunity. Is there an opportunity to include the Brew Pub Plaza to drag folks up to the top of the street.”

The council will also discuss whether to start implementing a parking pass system for lower Park Ave residents. I’m Melissa Allison, KPCW News.