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Park City looks skyward for transit options

Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Park City officials anticipate gathering opinions about the possibility of building some sort of aerial connection in Bonanza Park as part of a wider discussion about the district as well as the nearby lower Park Avenue corridor.

The idea of an aerial connection could draw special interest during two workshops scheduled by City Hall in consecutive weeks. The first event is slated for Wednesday while the second one is planned the following Tuesday.

Park City has spent significant time discussing the lower Park Avenue corridor and Bonanza Park in recent months, but the idea of an aerial connection has seemed to be a peripheral issue.

City Hall does not anticipate offering details about a connection at the events. Alfred Knotts, the transportation planning manager for the municipal government, said alternatives for aerial connections will be presented, however. Knotts said an aerial connection of some sort linking Bonanza Park and Park City Mountain Resort would be of interest. It is not clear what sort of connection could be pursued. A gondola or ski lift appear to be the most likely options, but officials could research other possibilities as well.

Knotts said the alternatives will be presented alongside more traditional ideas like transit routes and bicycle and pedestrian ways.

City Hall has spent considerable resources in recent months studying the transportation system, a response to widespread worries about traffic as Park City enjoys a post-recession boom. Bonanza Park, situated along important roads like Bonanza Drive and Kearns Boulevard, is seen as being crucial to any long-range parking and transportation plans.

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The workshops will also address the lower Park Avenue corridor, running roughly from the Main Street district northward toward the Deer Valley Drive intersection. City Hall owns a patchwork of properties along lower Park Avenue or on nearby streets and is considering development possibilities.

Phyllis Robinson, the public affairs manager at City Hall, said the workshops will delve into the prospects of creating community spaces like a daycare facility, not-for-profit offices, gathering spots and places for recreation or camps. She said officials are considering parcels that could be tapped for additional community uses. Robinson said housing is not the focus of the workshops, but the topic could be broached.

An advertisement announcing the workshops notes that the field outside the Park City Library and Education Center "has been removed as a potential location for improvements by the City Council." An earlier exercise contemplated situating housing on a portion of the field. The idea was quickly condemned by people who want the field left undeveloped.

The workshops are scheduled Wednesday, Nov. 4 and Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Park City Marriott on Sidewinder Drive. The advertisement indicates the same information will be presented during each of the workshops.