Letters to the Editor, August 14-17, 2010
August 14, 2010
For an eighth year, Park City Mountain Resort has hosted the Arts-Kids summer camps. This year thirty children participated in at least one of two Camp Artventures for 8-12 year olds. Thirteen received scholarships donated from caring individuals and the Rotary Club of Park City. A good time was had by all, including Arts-Kids staff, artists and kids. A highlight of each week was a complementary ride down the Alpine Slide.
Thank you, PCMR, for being such a generous community partner!
Pat Drewry Sanger
Executive director, Arts-Kids
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Thanks, Mountain Trails Foundation
On Saturday, August 7th, I participated in the Jupiter Peak Steeplechase for the first time. The Steeplechase is a trail run that spans a total of 16 grueling miles to the top of Park City’s highest mountain peak and back down. I was amazed at the level of support and camaraderie offered by the Mountain Trails Foundation staff, volunteers, and the other racers. They provided gummi bears, pretzels, words of encouragement and high-fives as I struggled up the mountain and back down again. Several complete strangers were even waiting for me when I finally crossed the finish line.
It is this spirit of community, and my appreciation for the wonderful people who care for Park City’s amazing trail systems, that has moved me to send in a donation today. Thank you, Mountain Trails Foundation, for all you do for the people of Park City!
Traffic policy borders on harassment
I recently returned from a trip to Park City and feel the need to comment on the police patrols. I think the city’s current policy is overbearing and borders on harassment. I live in a resort town as well and understand the need to enforce traffic laws, but your police department takes it to the extreme.
I was fortunate to not be pulled over but found the frequently changing and relatively low speed limits a perfect combination for nabbing unsuspecting drivers. I have never let police issues determine when and where I travel but I can no longer say that.
Oh … you have the nicest police cars I have ever seen.
Isn’t this the private sector’s role?
Is Summit County involved in something that may be unethical and represents a major conflict of interest? I say, absolutely. I am speaking in regards to the land owned jointly with Park City on the Highway 40 frontage road near Home Depot that they refer to as the Triangle.
I was told by David Ure, county councilman, that he felt, "It’s not right that the county be involved in the private sector of land development." He stated the reason for the acquisition of the Triangle originally was to use it for public municipal buildings. Yet it is now being offered to the Air Force as part of the Air Force Hotel/MIDA complex deal. Mr. Ure said it is because it is the "best location for such a commercial development" Isn’t this a little biased?
It appears it is not possible that a private developer could have a chance of submitting another location against such a stacked deck. I am 110% in favor of the military hotel and their commercial venture needed to subsidize this project, but I just don’t feel that Summit County, the agent putting all this together, should sell public land which was originally intended for public municipal buildings. The county should stand down; only private developers and their land should be considered as possible locations for the commercial funding portion of the hotel. The tenant, whoever that may be, should decide on the location that they think would maximize revenue for the military. It would be nice if it could be located farther away from the already heavily congested back door to Park City. Please note The Park Record front-page article dated August 4 concerning traffic worries about the proposed Silver Creek Village north of Burt Brothers.
Then, of course, there is the west side of Highway 40 and Quinn’s Junction, which is already suffering with severe traffic congestion i.e., skating rink, baseball diamond, IHC Hospital, National Ability Center, Summit County Health Department, U.S. Ski Team building, and another medical building under construction.
Does everybody still think the county and city’s Triangle area is the best location?
Golf-course deal should be enforced
Nice article about The Canyons golf course. How can the county allow The Canyons to build a bunch of new lifts and ski runs without at least starting the golf course? Who’s wagging who?
Mid-Mountain Trail change is a mess
What happened to the Mid-Mountain Trail? I was extremely dismayed with what I saw while running on the Mid-Mountain Trail from the Spiro Trail to Iron Canyon Trail while training for the Jupiter Peak Steeplechase last week.
In the past, the trail took a gradual climbing route up to and over the ridge separating Thaynes Canyon from Iron Canyon. This open rocky outcropping was a perfect spot for taking a quick break, having a picnic, sun bathing, taking in the great view, etc. In fact, in the dozen or so times I’ve traversed the ridge, I’ve never not seen someone else stopped and enjoying the resting spot.
Continuing along the Mid-Mountain Trail after the ridge, you’d come up to the saddle of Iron Mountain. Upon reaching the open grassy meadow at the saddle, you could take in the breathtaking view of White Pine Lake.
Now that the Mid-Mountain Trail has been rerouted away from the saddle and ridge presumably due to The Colony construction, one is left with an uninteresting trail slashed into the hillside. I can actually see the scar from my house in Park Meadows, a dubious distinction claimed by no other single-track trail in the mountains. Why was the trail rerouting necessary? USGS topographical maps from perhaps 50 years ago clearly show the Iron Canyon Trail, so I would think there are grounds for a prescriptive easement. Instead, why couldn’t The Colony construction plans be modified to accommodate the existing trail and aforementioned qualities offered by the trail to the public? In fact The Colony website extols trails and nature: "… an amazing network of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails … pristine alpine terrain — with lush forests, rolling meadows, sparkling streams."
A bit hypocritical, I’d say.