There will be free parking on Main Street on certain days |

There will be free parking on Main Street on certain days

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Park City officials have agreed to offer free parking along Main Street on 36 days in 2014, honoring a request by the leaders of the business district.

The 36 days will be the fewest since 2011, according to a report submitted to Mayor Jack Thomas and the Park City Council.

The free parking will be available on Sundays in the spring and early summer, Saturdays or Sundays in the fall and during the holiday shopping season. The Historic Park City Alliance, a group that represents the interests of businesses on or just of off of Main Street, made the request.

In a February letter to City Hall, Alison Butz, the executive director of the Historic Park City Alliance, outlined the request.

The letter identifies the spring and early summer dates as: April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25 and June 1. The free parking will be part of a promotion known as Spring into Historic Park City.

A promotion dubbed Peek of Park City will be held in the fall. The free parking days will be on Saturdays or Sundays starting the weekend of Sept. 13 and running until the weekend of Oct. 25.

The Holidays in Historic Park City promotion, meanwhile, will run from Thanksgiving until Dec. 19.

"All in all, the HPCA feels the program was a success and would like confirmation that a similar waiver of paid parking on Main Street can occur in 2014 during the same time frame," Butz said in the letter.

The report to the elected officials projected City Hall will forego $27,608 in revenue by offering the free parking based on the three-year average during the same times.

Other parking restrictions, including time limits, will be enforced on the free parking days.

The Historic Park City Alliance sees the promotions involving the free parking as a way to attract people to the shopping, dining and entertainment strip in the spring and fall shoulder seasons as well as the holiday shopping season.

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