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Sundance-goers barred from parking lots

The parking lot at Fresh Market is one of the lots where Sundance Film Festival parking is prohibited. Some other lots have similar restrictions as business owners make sure there is parking available for customers. Jay Hamburger/Park Record

Park City officials and Sundance Film Festival organizers heavily publicize where festival-goers should park as they are headed to screenings or the goings-on along Main Street.

There are plenty of places in the city, though, where someone in Park City for the festival is not allowed to park.

Parking during Sundance is typically is the tightest of the year as large crowds descend on Park City for films, concerts, partying and celebrity gawking. Finding a parking spot, it seems, is as difficult as scoring a ticket to a Sundance premiere.

But drivers should not leave their vehicle in one of the numerous places where Sundance parking is banned.

There are several large privately held parking lots that are situated in the vicinity of Sundance venues. Although they could tempt a festival-goer, there is a chance a vehicle will be towed.

One of the business districts with significant parking is Prospector, including lots along Bonanza Drive and in the interior of the district. The only public parking in Prospector, though, is in Lot G on Prospector Avenue. Other lots are set aside for the businesses and customers. Signs have been posted at the entries to many of the parking lots indicating that festival parking is prohibited.

There is a similar situation at Snow Creek, a shopping center with a large parking lot just off one of the Park Avenue-Kearns Boulevard corners. Park City Market and a state liquor store are there. Across Kearns Boulevard is the shopping center where Fresh Market is located. It is another lot where festival parking is prohibited.

There are heavy restrictions close to Main Street as well, and Main Street itself is essentially a no-parking zone. Parking on neighborhood streets in Old Town is restricted to vehicles with residential permits. There are restrictions on Park Avenue close to Main Street.

Alison Kuhlow-Butz, the executive director of the Historic Park City Alliance, a group that represents the interests of businesses on or close to Main Street, said the only public parking is in the China Bridge garage and the Sandridge lot off Marsac Avenue. China Bridge is a paid-parking location while, according to Kuhlow-Butz, the Sandridge lot fills quickly.

"Unless you’re willing and able to park in a paid garage, there is no parking in Old Town," Kuhlow-Butz said.

She said drivers should heed the signs prohibiting parking, including those lining Main Street for Sundance.

"During Sundance, all regulations are strictly enforced," Kuhlow-Butz said. "If there’s a sign that says ‘No parking,’ you have to obey it."

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