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Fire station open house

The Park City Fire District plans to celebrate the Park Avenue station on Independence Day.

The fire district says the station is "the place to be" after the annual 4th of July parade but 2007 is the last year the station will be open. The fire district plans to shutter the station and move the operations to one planned on the edge of Park Meadows.

The Park Avenue station, which occupies a spot along the 4th of July parade route, will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. People are invited for "a last look at Station 31 as it is today," the fire district says, referring to the station by its designated number.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold, with the proceeds going to a firefighters association. Firefighters and others with the district will be there to give tours and answer questions.

The station is at 1353 Park Ave.

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The fire district recently held a groundbreaking ceremony at the new site.

Street-surface tests

Crews from the Park City Public Works Department plan to test six or seven methods to seal roads, in hopes of finding one that makes streets friendlier to bicyclists and pedestrians.

Troy Dayley, the department’s streets supervisor, says the type of slurry seal and the way it is applied to roads can be changed, depending on what sort of surface is desired.

He says the methods will result in surfaces that range between smooth and coarse.

"We’re trying to find the balance," Dayley says, acknowledging that the method that bicyclists will likely support might not last long.

The test areas will be on Holiday Ranch Loop Road and extend for about 200 feet each. A report to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council indicates the different seals will be applied by the end of July.

Dayley says it will be a few years before Public Works determines whether the different methods last but says bicyclists and pedestrians will decide much more quickly.

"We don’t want something too slick cars are sliding off the road," he says.

He says in the report he expects to tell the elected officials the results in early 2008.

Dayley says the price tag is not set because City Hall is awaiting bids.

The effort comes as the local government tries to make Park City a more appealing place for bicyclists, pedestrians and others not driving cars. Holiday Ranch Loop Road is a busy street extending from S.R. 224 to the middle of Park Meadows.

Ice Arena reopens

City Hall plans to reopen the Park City Ice Arena on Monday, July 2 for its second season, scheduled to last until April 2008.

According to Stacey Noonan, the manager of the ice arena, the upcoming season will be ten months, one month longer than the debut season. The following season, she says, will extend to 11 months and in 2009 Noonan hopes the Quinn’s Junction facility is open all year.

"The ice is ready and the heat is here so what a great place to beat the heat and have some summer fun," Noonan says in a City Hall release about the upcoming season.

The Ice Arena’s July schedule includes times for public skating, discounted skating times and times for sports like hockey and speed skating, with the schedule starting as early as 9:45 a.m. Lots of the times are slated for midday or the evening.

In the release, Noonan notes the ice arena hosts figure skating, hockey, speed skating, curling and broomball. Classes to teach people ice-sheet sports are offered. She touts curling, which is a Winter Olympic sport, and broomball as sports that do not require people to skate.

She says clubs will start blocking off time at the arena later in the summer, allowing people not in the clubs time earlier in the season.

For more information, including prices, visit the ice arena’s World Wide Web site, http://www.pcice.org, or call the arena at 615-5700.

Compild by Jay Hamburger