Arts fest’s here, and Old Town passes needed |

Arts fest’s here, and Old Town passes needed

People who live in the southern stretches of Old Town must pick up access passes to drive to their homes during this weekend’s Park City Kimball Arts Festival, a program meant to protect the neighborhood from being overrun by festival-goers searching for parking spots close to Main Street.

The Kimball Art Center, which organizes the annual festival, has relied on the access-pass system for years. The access passes are needed to drive to points south of the Deer Valley Drive-Park Avenue intersection. They are required from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday.

People must also hold parking permits to leave their cars in Old Town neighborhoods where parking is regulated through zones. The access passes do not replace the parking permits for the weekend.

The festival opens Friday, with hours running 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. On Sunday, the festival runs 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Access passes are available at the Kimball, 638 Park Ave. Hours before the festival are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. People must show a driver license or a utility bill with their address to receive an access pass. For more information, call the Kimball at 649-8882.

The Arts Festival is one of the largest events on Park City’s annual calendar, and crowds are typically strong on Saturday and Sunday. Julie Hooker Baker, a Kimball Art Center official, said she hopes 42,000 attend the festival, about the same number as in 2007.

Meanwhile, City Hall plans to start closing streets for the festival on Thursday morning.

Max Paap, who manages special events for Park City, said Heber Avenue between Park Avenue and Swede Alley is scheduled to close to traffic at 6 a.m. Thursday. Access to the Sky Lodge and the Gateway Center will be allowed. The Brew Pub parking lot also shuts down at 6 a.m. on Thursday.

Main Street closes to vehicles at 5 a.m. on Friday, which allows the festival organizers to set up for the evening opening. Delivery trucks will be allowed on Main Street after the 5 a.m. closure, however.

Paap suggests people park their cars in the China Bridge garage on Friday if they are driving to Main Street.

Also at 5 a.m. Friday, festival organizers will take control of the parking spots on the second, third and fourth levels of the older section of China Bridge. Artists will park there during the festival.

City Hall says parking for Main Street workers will be available in the Sandridge lots off Main Street. Parking is not available, however, in the north or south parking lots outside of the Marsac Building. Those lots are closed for the building’s renovation.

Park City is offering paid parking in the newer section of the China Bridge garage. Parking there costs $10 for the day, and attendants will only accept cash. The paid parking starts at 6:30 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Satellite parking will be available at Park City Mountain Resort and at Snow Park Lodge on Saturday and Sunday, with free shuttles running between the lots and the festival.

"I don’t expect any issues," Paap says.

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