The organizers of the next week's City Tour to Boulder, Colo., on Saturday afternoon canceled the trip, saying that "it would simply be irresponsible and counter-productive" to travel to the flood-stricken region as it copes with the disaster.
In a message to people who planned to attend, City Tour leader Myles Rademan said the cancellation decision was made after consulting top-level City Hall staffers in Park City as well as the city's emergency operations manager. As late as Friday afternoon, the trip was still scheduled.
Upward of 85 people from Park City and surrounding Summit County were planning to travel on the City Tour. It was scheduled from Wednesday until Sunday, with the arrival in Boulder planned late in the afternoon.
"I know this City Tour cancellation creates a great deal of disruption in your lives for which I am truly sorry, but as you can imagine this hardly compares to what Boulder is now facing in terms of recovery and restoration efforts," Rademan said in the message.
The message points people to the Foothills United Way in Boulder if they wish to contribute to a flood relief fund. The website is: www.unitedwayfoothills.org. It also says the City Tour organizers have "offered Boulder any positive and constructive assistance Park City can contribute without overwhelming their capabilities or getting in their way."
The City Tour is an annual outing in the West to learn about the mechanics of other communities. City Hall leaders, officials from other government entities, businesspeople, not-for-profit executives and the members of the Leadership Park City training class attend. The travelers hear from a roster of their counterparts in the communities they visit.
Rademan said in the message he is researching whether an alternate destination for the City Tour can be found for the same dates next week "in the hopes we can still salvage a City Tour experience . . . "
People who planned to travel to Boulder will be refunded their deposit if they choose not to participate in a trip to an alternate destination, if one occurs, the message said.
Rademan said in the message he would like to reschedule a City Tour to Boulder in September 2014.