Parked cars overwhelm Park City streets at start of Sundance |

Parked cars overwhelm Park City streets at start of Sundance


Park City Mountain Resort does not want Sundance Film Festival-goers parking in its lot. PCMR is among the businesses that have posted signs barring parking by festival-goers. Jay Hamburger/Park Record

Massive crowds in Park City last weekend overwhelmed some streets, prompting numerous complaints to the Police Department about parking problems.

The complaints were logged in several neighborhoods. At some points, the complaints were sporadic, but at other times the police received a string of reports in quick succession. The problems were especially prevalent on Saturday, according to police logs. Upward of 40 complaints were made on Saturday, including on streets in the vicinity of Silver King Drive and Shadow Ridge Road, two streets close to Park City Mountain Resort, as well as Marsac Avenue in Old Town.

In one 26-minute stretch on Saturday afternoon, the police received nine complaints. Cases during the stretch were logged on Silver King Drive and Three Kings Drive.

Park City was jammed last weekend as the Sundance Film Festival and the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, an important pre-Olympic event at Park City Mountain Resort, were occurring at the same time. The sunny, warm weather likely drew people from the Salt Lake Valley in large numbers as they escaped the cold and reduced air quality of an inversion.

Some of the parking problems reported last week included:

  • on Saturday at 7:33 p.m., a vehicle was seen parked across the sidewalk along the 1300 block of Park Avenue. The site is close to the Park City Library and Education Center. The vehicle blocked the way of pedestrians, the police were told.
  • on Saturday at 5:37 p.m. on Saturday, someone on the 100 block of Daly Avenue complained that a parked vehicle was blocking a driveway.
  • at 5:35 p.m. on Saturday, someone reported that parking was overflowing onto the street from a lot on the 2300 block of Monitor Drive.
  • on Saturday two people on Rossie Hill Drive at 5:15 p.m. complained that parked vehicles would block emergency vehicles if they were needed.
  • at 5:12 p.m. on Saturday, someone on Empire Avenue told the police they were worried about access for emergency vehicles. The person wanted "an officer to come up and clean up the mess," according to police logs.
  • on Saturday at 4:01 p.m., someone complained that a car was parked in the caller’s driveway on the 400 block of Ontario Avenue
  • at 3:55 p.m. on Saturday, a car was reportedly parked on the sidewalk close to the intersection of Monitor Drive and Little Kate Road
  • at 3:23 p.m. on Saturday, parking was reportedly overflowing onto the street along the 600 block of Main Street
  • at 3:22 p.m. on Saturday, someone reported that parked vehicles were blocking access to garages along Sullivan Road, a small street that borders City Park.
  • on Friday at 8:20 p.m., cars were reported to be parked on the sidewalk along the 100 block of Main Street.
  • at 5:52 p.m. on Friday, parked vehicles were reported to be blocking access to a parking lot along Sullivan Road.
  • on Friday at 9:35 a.m., a parked vehicle was reported to be blocking a driveway on the 1000 block of Lowell Avenue.
  • on Thursday at 3:59 p.m., someone in the 400 block of Ontario Avenue reported that drivers were using a driveway to navigate around a parked vehicle.

    There were also a few parking complaints on Wednesday, the day before Sundance opened, including on Prospector Avenue.

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    The Police Department in an online statement said some of the vehicles were towed on Saturday. They were not legally parked close to Silver King Drive and Three Kings Drive and were traffic hazards, the statement said. Public police logs did not provide details about the other cases.

    Phil Kirk, a police captain, said there were "quite a few" parking tickets issued over the first few days of Sundance. There were also a "fair amount of tows," he said.

    The parking complaints were logged even as City Hall and Sundance organizers encouraged people to use satellite parking lots and the bus system over the weekend. Parking in the Main Street core was either prohibited or tightly restricted, leaving far fewer spaces available there than is typical. Parking is usually extremely tight during the opening weekend of the festival, sending drivers toward neighborhood streets.