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Park City has free parking in Old Town, but it’s just for residents

Park City operates a permit system for street parking in Old Town neighborhoods. The system is meant to ensure there is parking available for residents by prohibiting people headed to Main Street from leaving cars on Old Town streets, like 8th Street, shown.

There is free parking on streets like Park Avenue, Woodside Avenue and Daly Avenue, just steps from Main Street.

But City Hall has a warning for drivers who are looking for a place where they do not need to pay to park: Do not leave a car on a neighborhood street in Old Town.

A permit system regulates street parking in the neighborhood. It is designed to block Main Street customers and workers from parking on residential streets and then walking to the shopping, dining and entertainment strip. The parking spots on the residential streets should be set aside for people who live there, officials say.

There are regular violations of the permit system as vehicles without the City Hall-issued permits are seen parked on restricted streets. The program, though, has generally been seen as successful over the 20 years it has been used. City Hall introduced the system alongside the first iteration of paid parking in the late 1990s.

City Hall launched the revamped paid-parking system on Friday, one of the most notable changes since the program started. Some of the alterations include increased prices on Main Street and the reintroduction of paid parking in the China Bridge garage and Swede Alley. The expansion of paid parking has the possibility of pushing some drivers onto the permit-only streets, and officials say they have planned for that scenario.

Kenzie Coulson, the parking and fleet manager for City Hall, said parking-enforcement patrols were increased in the permit-only zones in Old Town on Friday to coincide with the start of the revamped paid-parking system.

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"We're committed to protecting residential permitted areas for the true residents," Coulson said.

The permit zones generally stretch southward from 12th Street to the southern end of Old Town on Daly Avenue. There are different zones for individual Old Town neighborhoods. City Hall requires someone submit an application and documentation that they live in one of the zones before a permit is issued. The permits are affixed to the back of a vehicle. The permits have a different color in each zone.

Coulson said the parking enforcement in permitted areas will continue on a daily basis at all times. She said the parking enforcers will issue tickets on a first offense when a vehicle without a permit is found in a permitted zone. A ticket on a first offense is $40.

Coulson said she does not anticipate many problems in the permit-only zones. She said, as an example, there has been lots of information distributed about the paid-parking program to Main Street employees.

Mayor Jack Thomas and the Park City Council on Thursday night received a briefing about the start of the revamped program. The elected officials learned about the public-relations campaign City Hall devised for the start of the system, and they received information about how someone uses the paid parking.

Officials spent months discussing the changes to paid parking and mounted a broad publicity campaign prior to the launch, but there are expected to be numerous questions and concerns nonetheless given the wide-ranging nature of the changes to the system.