Park City

Image of the entrance into Park City High School
Park City High School

Schools will welcome back students on August 19, and masks will be recommended but not required - the  Park City School District can’t require them. 

Last May, the Utah Legislature passed a bill prohibiting schools from requiring mask-wearing.

In a letter published Sunday, Superintendent Jill Gildea said students and school employees will be encouraged to wear face coverings, but not required. The same encouragement applies to all, regardless of vaccination status.

KPCW

Hundreds of people and fellow first responders gathered in Park City to remember Fire Chief Paul Hewitt Thursday night. Hewitt died on July 23rd in Springfield, Oregon, after suffering serious injuries in an off-road vehicle accident while on a family vacation. He was 58 years old.

 

Hewitt was memorialized by family, friends, and colleagues as someone who would not only go the extra mile for the people he cared about, but also for the people he had never met.

 

For Hewitt’s daughter, Rachelle, he was just “dad.” 

Park City Fire Department

A multi-vehicle crash at the roundabout at Deer Valley Drive and Marsac Avenue this morning sent three people to the hospital, downed power lines and caused all-day delays throughout town.

The westbound portion of the roundabout opened back up just after 3:30 p.m. but the Eastbound side remains closed, with traffic rerouted onto Aerie Drive and a shuttle providing transit service between Snow Park and the Transit Center for those trying to get to the concert at Deer Valley.

Park City Police Department

Park City Police recently spent a day cracking down on distracted drivers.

Last Thursday, four Park City Police officers on motorcycles pulled 12 people over around town, mostly on state routes 224 and 248. The operation was part of a long-term push to make sure drivers are focusing on the road.

Park City Police Captain Phil Kirk said the department does this every few months in a long-term effort to cut down on the number of accidents related to drivers not watching the road. The police department receives funding from the Utah Highway Safety Office to do so.

Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley Resort’s plans to develop the Snow Park base area will be presented to the Park City Planning Commission for the first time on Wednesday.

 

Deer Valley Resort has had its original Master Planned Development approved with Park City Municipal since 1977. The development of the Snow Park base area is the last major project yet to be completed as part of the original development plans. That project will be brought before the Park City Planning Commission at their Wednesday meeting.

 

Park City Fire District

Park City firefighters honored the family of their former Chief Paul Hewitt on Sunday after he passed away last week.

Hewitt was chief of the Park City Fire District of 10 years. He died at age 58 on Friday from injuries suffered in an accident while on vacation in Oregon with family.

His family drove home in an RV over the weekend. Park City firefighters met them at the base of Parley’s Canyon to escort them to their house with fire engines on Sunday.

Sean Higgins

The Historic Park City Alliance narrowly voted against supporting a city hall proposal to raise parking rates at the popular China Bridge parking garage.

 

Last week’s Historic Park City Alliance vote was a close one -- six to five against support for raising the parking rates at China Bridge to $10/hr with a daily maximum rate of $40.

 

Currently, rates are $5/hr with a daily maximum of $18.

 

Park City Fire District

Park City Fire District Chief Paul Hewitt passed away Friday from injuries suffered in an accident during a family vacation. He was 58 years old. 

 

According to a statement from the fire district, Hewitt passed away at a hospital in Eugene, Oregon, Friday afternoon. He was being treated for injuries suffered on Monday in an off-road vehicle accident while on vacation with his family.

 

Traffic signs showing parking rules
Park City Municipal Corporation

Several free parking spots were set up on Park City’s Main Street for curbside pickups at local businesses at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, the Historic Park City Alliance voted to keep those spots around permanently.

 

In an effort to support local businesses after the spring 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns, The Historic Park City Alliance, in conjunction with Park City Municipal, created five temporary Main Street parking spaces available for free 15-minute curbside pickup.

 

Recycle Utah

Despite public resistance to a proposed soil repository on SR 248, Recycle Utah is still looking at the Gordo Property as the best option for their new facility.

 

Recycle Utah has been working with Park City since last summer to find a suitable new location for the recycling center and got the nod from the city for the area of land known as the Gordo Property on SR 248 last June. 

 

Sean Higgins

Park City kicked off a free Transit to Trails shuttle over the weekend. The service takes hikers and bikers from the site of the proposed arts and culture district at the corner of Kearns Boulevard and Bonanza Drive up to several popular local trailheads.

 

The Transit to Trails service provides free rides for hikers and bikers from the parking lot on Munchkin Road to the Mid-Mountain, Bonanza Flats, and Blood Lake trailheads. Shuttles will make four trips between 8:00am and noon every Saturday and Sunday until September 12th. 

 

Lynn Ware Peek

A unique way to incentivize primary residents in Park City homes has piqued the curiosity of the Park City Council: paying them to stay here.

 

It’s a concept that’s gained traction in other mountain resort communities like Vail and Breckenridge in Colorado: Paying homeowners a percentage of their house’s value as an incentive to require whoever is living there to be a full-time resident. That’s accomplished by a permanent deed restriction on the property. 

 

Park City Municipal

A member of the Park City Council is saying it will step back from a proposal for a soil repository in Park City along SR 248. An overwhelming amount of negative feedback at Thursday night’s public hearing is putting the brakes on the project.

 

Leslie Thatcher

The explosion of e-bikes’ popularity in recent years has sparked discussion among local trail managers: Do e-bikes belong on trails?

 

Just a handful of years ago, e-bikes were an uncommon sight around Park City. Today, a combination of better technology and the COVID-19 pandemic encouraging people to recreate outdoors has led to a dramatic rise in their use.

 

KPCW

Recent economic and lodging data indicates the crowds seen in the Wasatch Back this summer are likely to continue, and could even increase.

 

After a year of business restrictions and tourism in Park City taking a big hit during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, data released this week by the Park City Chamber Bureau and Park City Municipal points towards a sharp turnaround this summer.

 

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