A Sundance guide, just for the locals
January 15, 2014
There is the Sundance Film Festival film guide — the catalog of movies and screening times that people will be seen carrying around Park City starting next week.
But that guide might not help Parkites as they prepare to brave the crowds that will arrive on Thursday. So, City Hall has published what it calls "A Local’s Guide to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival." Posted on the municipal website as the festival neared, the Local’s Guide provides information about navigating Park City during what is typically the busiest time of the year in the city.
The Local’s Guide is one of the City Hall information pieces published in anticipation of Sundance. It covers numerous festival-related topics. Some are addressed elsewhere, such as festival ticketing procedures, but other subjects seem to be meant almost exclusively for Parkites faced with everyday tasks during Sundance.
One page of the three-page Locals Guide is especially notable for Parkites. It describes the streets where traffic is expected to be bad and the times. Traffic during Sundance is notoriously some of the worst of the year, and backups are common on important roads.
"Driving is difficult around town, especially near Main Street and Old Town. Many areas are closed to parking and additional parking fees apply in others. Your best option is to avoid driving altogether, carpool, or ride the bus from home," it says.
The Locals Guide provides suggestions for avoiding places where traffic jams could be bad. The locations include:
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"From there, you can navigate downtown Park City easily by foot," it says.
"Please plan ahead and take alternate transportation to get to Eccles. The free Park City Transit bus is a perfect option for transportation to and from the Eccles Center," the Locals Guide says.
The Locals Guide, meanwhile, suggests people go to the Main Street post office earlier than 1 p.m. It also says restaurants in Park City are often busy or are hosting private events and are not open to the public. It suggests people call restaurants beforehand.
It also provides details about obtaining screening tickets, outlining options like day-of-show tickets and the waitlist. The Locals Guide mentions the Townie Tuesday screenings for Summit County residents and the Best of Fest tickets for showings of the Sundance award winners.
The Locals Guide is available on City Hall’s website, http://www.parkcity.org. Select the ‘Visiting’ dropdown menu at the top of the front page, then Sundance Film Festival and then Locals Sundance Guide. The direct link is: http://parkcity.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=812.
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