Park City arts fest: find a parking spot before you find a masterpiece
Many people headed to the Park City Kimball Arts Festival this weekend will need to find a parking spot before they find a masterpiece.
Park City is expected to be jammed this weekend as the arts festival, one of the signature events on the city’s busy calendar of special events, makes its annual run on Main Street.
Parking and traffic are normally two of the challenges during festival weekend. Although festival organizers and City Hall official encourage people to ride buses, many people headed to Main Street for the event must drive themselves somewhere to catch a bus. Main Street will be closed to traffic starting at 3 a.m. Friday and ending Monday morning.
"Be patient in traffic. We’ve been very popular this summer," said Tommy Youngblood, a special events manager at City Hall.
People who live in most of Old Town need access passes to drive to their homes during festival hours on Saturday and Sunday. Only people with passes will be allowed through checkpoints.
One checkpoint will be set up at the intersection of Deer Valley Drive and Park Avenue on Saturday and Sunday. The other will be on Swede Alley on Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday. Access passes are available at the Kimball Art Center.
There are options for people who drive to the festival. Youngblood said parking will be available in the lots at Park City High School and the Eccles Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. People who park there should take the City Hall buses to Main Street. The buses will run every 10 minutes during festival hours.
Someone may also drive to the China Bridge garage from Marsac Avenue. Most of the spots in the garage will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking will cost $10 per day in China Bridge without in-and-out privileges.
Parking will also be available in the lots outside Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Lodge during certain times. Free festival parking will be allowed in the Snow Park Lodge lots prior to 1 p.m. on Saturday and all day on Sunday. Park City buses will run with increased frequency between the parking lots and the festival. Free parking will also be available at The Yard off Kearns Boulevard.
Youngblood anticipates the arts festival operations will run smoothly.
"We’ve kind of gotten this down. The biggest issue is what if everybody comes," he said.
The arts festival will be open on Friday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The hours on Saturday are 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. while festival ends on Sunday with hours from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Summit County residents will enjoy free admission on Friday. A valid Utah driver license or other official identification is required. A utility bill showing someone lives in Summit County is also acceptable. Weekends passes good for Saturday and Sunday cost $10 for adults and $5 for children between the ages of 6 and 15. Admission is free for children 5 years old and younger.
Visit the festival’s website, http://www.parkcitykimballartsfestival.org , for more information.
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