Someone with opinions about the parking situation on Main Street and Swede Alley should consider parking themselves at an open house on Wednesday.
The Historic Park City Alliance, a group that represents the interests of businesses on Main Street or just off the street, organized the event to discuss ideas meant to ensure there is enough parking for people heading to Main Street for shopping, dining or entertainment. Much of the discussion on Wednesday will likely center on methods that could be adopted to discourage people who work on Main Street from parking in places that customers would otherwise use.
Alison Butz, the executive director of the Historic Park City Alliance, said she hopes Main Street workers and business owners attend on Wednesday. She said the group's leadership and, possibly, City Hall representatives will be in attendance.
The open house is scheduled as Butz acknowledges that there have not been large increases in the number of Main Street employees who ride the bus to work during the first weeks of a transit initiative. The program includes four $500 cash drawings for employees who ride the bus to work on Fridays and Saturdays.
"Parking in China Bridge exceeds capacity most weekend evenings between 7pm and 9pm, which leaves NO available space for our customers to park," an email advertising the open house says.
It adds: "The perception of 'no Park City' will continue to spread and cause people to visit elsewhere. Bye bye business = no jobs.
Butz said City Hall could consider installing parking meters on Swede Alley and in the China Bridge garage to discourage Main Street employees from parking in those locations. Spots on Swede Alley and in China Bridge are free but have time limits.
The China Bridge garage and Swede Alley were included in City Hall's paid-parking program when it was introduced in the late 1990s. Free parking returned to those locations several years later, though, even as the parking meters remained on Main Street.
The event is scheduled on Wednesday from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. on the outdoor patio at No Name Saloon. For more information, email Butz at firstname.lastname@example.org.