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Parkites must brush up on arts fest readiness

Old Town access will be tightly controlled over weekend

by Jay Hamburger

It is time for Parkites to brush up on their readiness for a packed festival weekend.

The Park City Kimball Arts Festival, one of the biggest events on the busy special events calendar, opens Friday and runs until Sunday. It is expected to bring large crowds to the Park City area, particularly Old Town, all three days. Traffic will likely be heavy at many points of the weekend along the S.R. 224 corridor and inside the city itself.

City Hall and the Kimball Art Center, which organizes the festival as its largest annual fundraiser, have crafted plans in an attempt to ensure the event unfolds in an orderly manner. Many of the details are similar to those that were in place during past festivals.

One of the key logistical components of the overall plan is meant to guard against terrible traffic in Old Town. The organizers will operate an access-pass system like they do each year that will prohibit people from driving into Old Town unless they have an access pass.

The Kimball Art Center offers access passes to people who live in Old Town and business owners on or close to Main Street. There will be checkpoints on streets leading to Old Town. Drivers without access passes will be turned back. The enforcement starts on Friday and runs during festival hours. Someone must obtain an access pass at the Kimball Art Center on Kearns Boulevard. An access pass does not double as a parking pass for Old Town, where street parking is regulated by a separate pass system.

There will also be tight road and parking restrictions in Park City over the weekend. Street closures start at 3 a.m. on Friday for festival setup. The closures involve Main Street, Heber Avenue and Swede Alley. They are expected to reopen on Sunday at 11 p.m.

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Parking close to the festival will be available in the China Bridge garage for $20, cash only. Organizers encourage people driving to the festival to park in outlying lots. There will be transit routes serving the festival from the parking lots at Park City High School, the cabriolet at Canyons Village and Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park Lodge. The Snow Park lots are available for festival-goers on Friday from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Festival organizers and City Hall encourage people headed to the event to bicycle to Main Street, walk or carpool. A free valet for bicycles will be available at the intersection of Park Avenue and 7th Street.

The festival opens on Friday with hours from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Saturday hours are from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. while hours on Sunday run from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The entry price is $12 for the weekend for adults and $6 for kids between 6 and 17. Entry for kids who are 5 or younger is free. Summit County residents may attend on Friday for free with valid identification.

The Kimball Art Center is anticipating attendance will reach at least 50,000 over the three days of the festival, according to Chris Crowley, the organization's director of operations. He described the traffic-fighting measures as being especially important to the overall plans. Crowley encouraged people to take buses to the event.

"We want to reduce traffic in and around the Old Town area," Crowley said.

City Hall has posted logistical information about the weekend on the municipal website, Select the "Arts Fest Transit, Traffic, Parking Info" link on the front page. The direct link is:

The Kimball Art Center's festival website,, also provides information.