Man seen in sleeping bag on trail bordering City Park |

Man seen in sleeping bag on trail bordering City Park

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

The Park City Police Department in mid-March received a report that a man for at least one night might have picked a place to sleep on the edge of City Park.

The Police Department at just past 9 a.m. on March 14 fielded a call from someone describing that the person was in a sleeping bag on the trail that is on the border of the park. The person was close to the volleyball courts, the police were told.

Phil Kirk, a police captain, said an officer sent to investigate found the man at the location. Kirk said the man is 40 years old, but the police did not release further identifying information.

The man told the officer he had just arrived in Park City and was looking for work.

Camping within the Park City limits is prohibited. Kirk said the officer warned the man against the practice.

The Police Department rarely fields similar calls from the City Park area. The trail where the person was seen connects the lower stretch of Main Street with the Prospector business district.

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The case follows a series of reports about the possibility of a transient having been seen on Main Street.

The police in February received information that a transient might have been staying in the Main Street Mall and using facilities at the nearby Egyptian Theatre. In one of the cases, the person, a man, reportedly stored his belongings on the ground level of the mall, under a staircase. He had been taking showers inside the women’s locker room at the Egyptian, the police were told.

The police said at the time several walking sticks, a suitcase and clothing were found under a staircase at the mall, with the police suspecting that the items belonged to the man who was seen.

The Police Department for years has received complaints about people living in the outdoors, sometimes in the mountains that ring Park City. Some of the cases involve people who prefer to stay in the outdoors while other people apparently had difficulty finding housing.