Park City supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement plan to hold a rally on Saturday, less than a week after an Oakley man set up a tent in City Park to start what has been labeled Occupy Park City.
Rich Wyman, a Park City musician who was a leader in the anti-war movement in the months before the start of the Iraqi war, is organizing the Saturday rally. Wyman staged a series of dramatic demonstrations in opposition to the war in Iraq. The event on Saturday is scheduled at 3 p.m. at the Olympic Welcome Plaza, the site of some of the Iraqi war demonstrations.
Details about the Saturday rally were not immediately available. It appears that the event was hastily arranged after the Occupy Park City figure set up his encampment. It is not clear what sort of crowd Wyman could attract. The anti-war demonstrations typically drew a few dozen people or so.
Tyler Galovich pitched his tent on Monday, saying that the Occupy Wall Street movement intends to have a presence across the U.S. Galovich said he spent several weeks as part of the Occupy Salt Lake movement in Salt Lake City before he set up in City Park. He said another person set up a tent at the encampment on Wednesday.
The Park City Police Department has monitored the Occupy Park City encampment, but there have been no problems reported. Police Chief Wade Carpenter said Wednesday morning the encampment will be allowed to stay at the location. Carpenter also said he anticipates "some growth" in the Occupy Park City movement.
The police chief visited the site on Tuesday to speak with Galovich. Carpenter said he discussed "expectations" of Occupy Park City with Galovich. Carpenter said the police want to ensure people at the Occupy Park City site are not drinking alcohol or using drugs. He said the people there must adhere to noise limits and cannot use radios, bullhorns or other equipment meant to amplify sound.
If more people join Occupy Park City, Carpenter said, Park City officials would consider options to handle garbage, toilet facilities and the impact on the neighborhood.
"As more people come in and had more impact, we'd have a greater requirement of what's expected from the group," he said.
City Hall is considering a procedure to permit Galovich to remain at the site, Carpenter said, noting that a permit would outline measures to ensure the site is safe. City Hall attorneys and special-events staffers are crafting a permitting process, he said.
Camping inside the Park City limits is typically prohibited, but Carpenter said there are provisions in the rules that could allow Galovich to remain.
Galovich plans to spend most of his time at the encampment outside the weekday hours when he works.
Mayor Dana Williams on Thursday morning, meanwhile, said in an interview he supports the philosophical underpinnings of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Williams said there are members of the Park City Council who are sympathetic to the Occupy Wall Street cause as well, but he did not indicate which City Councilors. The Occupy Wall Street movement has appeared to be especially attractive to the left.
Williams said municipal leaders are not concerned with the appearance of the Occupy Park City figure at City Park. He said he is unsure whether the movement will gain traction in Park City, noting that the encampment went up as winter approaches. Williams said he has driven by several times when Galovich was not there and he has not met him.
"The city's position's been it's an expression of First Amendment rights, so we're going to let him do it," Williams said, describing the setup at City Park as "not that big a deal."