Sundance dismantling starts this weekend |

Sundance dismantling starts this weekend


Park City this weekend will start dismantling its Sundance Film Festival operations, saying that there will be some normalcy by the time the festival ends Sunday evening.

According to Tommy Youngblood, City Hall’s special events project manager, Main Street parking is expected to reopen by 11 a.m. on Sunday. The parking along Main Street has been restricted during the festival in an effort to keep traffic flowing more easily. Parking on both sides of Main Street should be available by 11 a.m. on Sunday. Regular paid parking will be in effect.

Youngblood said no-parking barricades on Park Avenue, Kearns Boulevard and other streets will be removed starting on Sunday. All City Hall-installed barricades and no-parking signs should be removed by Tuesday morning, he said. Festival organizers, meanwhile, will begin removing its red-colored signs on Sunday, Youngblood said.

Approximately 12 parking spots on Swede Alley will remain closed for up to a month after the festival as the pavilion that housed a part of the festival’s New Frontier program is taken down. "The Source (evolving)" pavilion is located toward the northern end of Swede Alley. Youngblood said it could take three or four weeks to take down the pavilion.

The gymnasium at the Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center, used as a Sundance screening room, will remain closed longer than usual after the festival. Sundance is scheduled to dismantle the theater by noon on Jan. 29, but Park City will then refinish the floor of the basketball court. Youngblood said the gymnasium is expected to reopen on Feb. 3. The tennis courts at the Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center are anticipated to reopen on Tuesday.