Sprinkling rules in effect
City Hall’s sprinkling rules are in effect, limiting the time and days people on the municipal water system are allowed to water their lawn and landscaping.
People who live at even-numbered addresses are allowed to water on even-numbered days and those at odd-numbered address are limited to watering on odd-numbered days. Sprinkling is limited to between 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. in order to minimize evaporation.
The rules extend until Sept. 30.
The local government allows people to sign up to sprinkle every third day. People who do so are given a sign to post on their yard indicating they are not limited to the even- and odd-numbered rules. To sign up to sprinkle every third day, call the Public Works Department at 615-5352 or 615-5305.
Public Works Director Jerry Gibbs may issue permits to water outside the designated days and times for new landscaping and seeding.
City Hall has long had the sprinkling rules on the books, with officials saying barring daytime sprinkling and limiting people to every other day conserves water. Park City sometimes approaches its daily water-production capacity during the summer, and sprinkling accounts for much of the summertime water use.
People who break the watering rules face fines after a warning on a first offense. Under the current schedule, the fines start at $50 for the first offense after a warning and rise to $500 after five or more.
City Hall is expected to increase the fines starting in July, with a first offense after a warning pegged at $150 and the fines climbing to $750 for a fifth and subsequent tickets.
Softball tournament parades
The organizers of the Triple Crown Sports softball tournament, which has grown into a major summertime event in Park City, plan to hold three parades on Main Street on successive Mondays in July.
The Park City Council recently agreed to allow the parades on July 7, July 14 and July 21. The tournament runs July 7-26, and it draws scores of young softball players and their families. The three parade dates are for different age groups.
The organizers also plan to host pin traders and sell tournament merchandise during the Main Street events. Max Paap, who directs special events for City Hall, said the parades will run from the Brew Pub parking lot toward the southern end of Main Street to the 5th Street intersection.
The parade and the other festivities are scheduled from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Paap said City Hall will close to traffic the stretch of Main Street between 5th Street and the Main Street-Swede Alley intersection at 4 p.m. on each of the parade dates. Main Street will reopen to traffic by 7:30 p.m.
City Hall expects 5,000 people will attend on each date. In a report to the City Council, Paap indicated Main Street leaders unanimously endorsed the event. The 5,000 people are about twice as many as the Park Silly Sunday Market hopes to draw for its weekly events, as a comparison.
Paap said the organizers have held similar events in previous years at the Utah Olympic Park, Deer Valley Resort and Dozier Field at Park City High School.
But he said Triple Crown leaders want the players and families to visit Old Town while in Park City.
"It showcases the historic nature of what Park City really is," Paap said about Main Street, adding, "Sometimes these guys get nice condos. They don’t leave them."
Luring the softball tournament to Park City from Colorado was an important step for local tourism boosters as they try to draw more summertime business, which has climbed in the last decade.
Compiled by Jay Hamburger
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