Park City suffers parking issues during busy holiday weekend
The Park City Police Department reported numerous parking issues last week as large crowds descended on the city for Independence Day weekend and, separately, officers continued to enforce new parking restrictions in Prospector.
Parking problems are commonplace during busy holidays like the 4th of July, but the unrelated restrictions in Prospector added to the problems last week. The Police Department logged a series of cases outside Prospector that appeared to be a result of the crowds. Some of the problems were in Old Town, including a case at the busy intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue a little before 9 p.m. on Sunday.
There were also problems on Woodside Avenue. On Sunday at 7:49 p.m., a vehicle was reported to be parked in the middle of the road somewhere along the Old Town street. Earlier, at 6:13 p.m., a parking problem was also reported on Woodside Avenue. Someone told the police there were “many vehicles illegally parked,” according to police logs. The person who contacted the police was apparently unhappy with the enforcement during the Park Silly Sunday Market on nearby Main Street.
In Prospector, meanwhile, the Police Department continued to enforce tightened City Hall parking restrictions on several streets. The municipal government recently enacted a prohibition on overnight parking on Poison Creek Lane, Prospector Avenue and Gold Dust Lane, barring street parking between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
The police issued numerous warnings after signs were posted in June and continued to log problems on the streets last week, including several concentrated periods of reports.
On Thursday, June 30, as an example, the police reported eight issues over a 29-minute stretch starting at 5:02 a.m., primarily on Prospector Avenue. The day before, the police logged a combined 17 parking problems on Prospector Avenue, Poison Creek Lane and nearby Sidewinder Drive over the course of 29 minutes starting at 5:06 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28, the police reported 29 parking issues between 4:58 a.m. and 5:43 a.m.
Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the department generally began issuing tickets on the Prospector streets on Thursday. The tickets last week were issued to vehicles that previously received warnings, he said. The Police Department this week intends to issue tickets on a first offense, Kirk said.
Kirk said the increased enforcement in Prospector has cut the number of vehicles parking overnight on the newly restricted streets.
“It’s a night and day difference between before and afterward . . . It’s made a huge difference,” he said.
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Arlene Loble served as the Park City manager in the 1980s, a pivotal period that prepared the community for the boom years that would follow in the 1990s. Loble, who recently died, is credited with introducing a level of professionalism to the municipal government that was needed amid the growth challenges.