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Transportation and parking: what are the solutions for Park City?

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Park City officials have scheduled an open house on Wednesday to address issues along the lower Park Avenue corridor and in the Bonanza Park district, two areas seen as important as City Hall crafts long-range community plans.

The open house will center on transportation and parking. There is expected to be major redevelopment of some sort in coming years along lower Park Avenue and in Bonanza Park. Transportation and parking planning will be critical as the broader redevelopment ideas are pursued. Lower Park Avenue is a busy street connecting Old Town, Park City Mountain Resort and points north. The heavily traveled streets of Kearns Boulevard and Bonanza Drive, meanwhile, are important to the future of Bonanza Park.

Alfred Knotts, the transportation planning manager at City Hall, said the open house will start a process of developing concepts.

"It’s kind of a hodgepodge of parking lots," Knotts said.

He said the topics that could be discussed at the event include some sort of aerial connection to Park City Mountain Resort, rapid transit using buses along S.R. 224 and a new transit hub for the bus system. Knotts said there could be opportunities for public-private partnerships as the plans are crafted.

Knotts and Brooks Robinson, the senior transportation planner at City Hall, will be available at the open house. Staffers from the Park City Planning Department and the municipal government’s housing programs will also be in attendance. A City Hall transportation consultant is expected to be present as well.

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"The goal of the plan is to reduce vehicle congestion throughout Park City while making local travel more convenient for people walking, biking, and taking transit," a flier advertising the event says.

The flier says officials want people at the open house to describe concerns about transportation, outline a vision for Bonanza Park and detail desired improvements to roads, transit systems, bicycling routes and pedestrian ways.

The event is scheduled as City Hall continues to grapple with traffic, development and other impacts of growth during a post-recession boom era. The grumblings have seemed more pronounced in recent months amid a strong Park City economy.

The event is scheduled on Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the community room on the third floor of the Park City Library. Contact Knotts at 615-5360 or alfred.knotts@parkcity.org for more information. The flier advertising the open house is available on City Hall’s website. The direct link is: http://www.parkcity.org/index.aspx?page=14&recordid=3114&returnURL=%2findex.aspx.