Parked cars overwhelm Park City streets at start of Sundance
Ryan Summerlin January 22, 2014
Massive crowds in Park City last weekend overwhelmed some streets, prompting numerous complaints to the Police Department about parking problems.
The complaints were logged in several neighborhoods. At some points, the complaints were sporadic, but at other times the police received a string of reports in quick succession. The problems were especially prevalent on Saturday, according to police logs. Upward of 40 complaints were made on Saturday, including on streets in the vicinity of Silver King Drive and Shadow Ridge Road, two streets close to Park City Mountain Resort, as well as Marsac Avenue in Old Town.
In one 26-minute stretch on Saturday afternoon, the police received nine complaints. Cases during the stretch were logged on Silver King Drive and Three Kings Drive.
Park City was jammed last weekend as the Sundance Film Festival and the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, an important pre-Olympic event at Park City Mountain Resort, were occurring at the same time. The sunny, warm weather likely drew people from the Salt Lake Valley in large numbers as they escaped the cold and reduced air quality of an inversion.
Some of the parking problems reported last week included:
There were also a few parking complaints on Wednesday, the day before Sundance opened, including on Prospector Avenue.
The Police Department in an online statement said some of the vehicles were towed on Saturday. They were not legally parked close to Silver King Drive and Three Kings Drive and were traffic hazards, the statement said. Public police logs did not provide details about the other cases.
Phil Kirk, a police captain, said there were "quite a few" parking tickets issued over the first few days of Sundance. There were also a "fair amount of tows," he said.
The parking complaints were logged even as City Hall and Sundance organizers encouraged people to use satellite parking lots and the bus system over the weekend. Parking in the Main Street core was either prohibited or tightly restricted, leaving far fewer spaces available there than is typical. Parking is usually extremely tight during the opening weekend of the festival, sending drivers toward neighborhood streets.