Park City considers parking validations at Marsac Building meetings
The Park City Council could be holding an important discussion about the prospects of another Winter Olympic bid.
Or, maybe the Park City Planning Commission will be scheduled to cast a vote on a polarizing development proposal.
Those sorts of meetings have the potential of drawing a large crowd to the Marsac Building, and many in the audience will undoubtedly drive. As Park City prepares an overhaul of the paid-parking system in the Main Street core, the most significant change to the operations in more than a decade, officials are crafting plans to ensure there is free parking available to people headed to City Hall meetings.
Officials say they do not want the paid-parking system to discourage people from heading to meetings at the Marsac Building. They also say meeting attendees should not be required to pay to park when they want to monitor City Hall business or testify in front of a municipal panel.
Kenzie Coulson, the parking and fleet manager for City Hall and the staffer who is overseeing the Dec. 15 launch of the new system, said parking will remain free in the lot on the south side of the Marsac Building with time limits as they are now – 30 minutes in some parking spots and two hours in others.
The lot on the south side of the building is the primary lot for the municipal offices and the place where many meeting attendees or others with City Hall business park. The operations there will remain “exactly how it is now” at the start of the paid-parking system.
Coulson said officials plan to monitor the Marsac Building lot as the paid-parking system is introduced. They want to learn whether people seeking a place to park for free will leave their vehicle there and walk to Main Street, she said.
“If we see additional abuse in those spots . . . we may see an increase in enforcement,” Coulson said, adding that stepped-up enforcement is not planned at that location as the system is introduced in mid-December.
The nearby China Bridge garage will be converted from free parking to paid parking under the new system, one of the most significant changes that will be introduced in mid-December. The garage will be gated. The paid parking will be in effect starting at 5 p.m. with the first hour free. The price will be set at $3 per hour during the ski season.
Many City Hall meetings begin at or close to 5 p.m. and can extend well into the night. The parking lot on the north side of the Marsac Building will also be converted into a paid location starting at 5 p.m. at a cost of $1 per hour during the ski season.
Coulson said City Hall continues to consider a validation system for the China Bridge garage to cover drivers headed to a municipal meeting. Validations would start at the launch of the paid-parking system, she said. Someone who drives to a meeting would collect a ticket from the machine at the gate, take the ticket to the meeting and receive a validation to cover the cost of the parking.
“The greatest fear is someone will say it’s not as accessible,” she said about attendance at Marsac Building meetings, adding, “It’s critical to the evolution of a lot of city projects.”
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Bruce Erickson, the planning director at City Hall, has died, the municipal government said. Erickson was involved at some level in nearly all the major decisions regarding growth and development in Park City since the early 1990s.