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Woodward Park City planning continues

Alan Maguire, The Park Record

An aerial view of the proposed Woodward building looking southwest towards the PCMR base area from across Lowell Ave. (Image courtesy of PlanWorks Design)

Woodward Park City was the big topic before city planners this week. On Wednesday, during a Park City Planning Commission meeting, Park City Mountain Resort revealed more details for its planned action-sports complex.

Woodward Park City will be "an action sports mountain training center and camp hosting a spectrum of programs for skateboarding, BMX, cheer, snowboarding, skiing, and digital media. The facility and campus will house trampolines, a skate park, foam pits, ramps, jumps, a pump track, a media lab, lounge, and more," according to the project description submitted to the Planning Commission when it was publicly unveiled in November.

In order to construct the Woodward building, PCMR is asking the Planning Commission to approve modifications to an overall development approval, including reallocating density rights between different parcels of land in the base area.

That overall development approval, approved by the city in 1997, allows for construction of commercial, residential, retail and operational space totaling over 1 million square feet. The lands include both of the existing parking lots at PCMR’s base.

Woodward Park City would be constructed at the south end of the parking lot east of Lowell Avenue, adjacent to the Legacy Lodge and near the First Time lift.

PCMR’s presentation to the Planning Commission on Wednesday included details of the architectural design for the Woodward facility but centered on ski-season parking analyses.

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The Woodward facility would eliminate approximately 220-230 parking spaces at the base area. PCMR estimates the facility would itself require around 50 parking spaces in the winter season.

PCMR representatives told the Planning Commission on Wednesday on-site parking capacity has only been exceeded about two days each winter over the past five ski seasons, although shuttles running to overflow parking lots at Park City High School operate 25 days a season. They forecast that the on-site capacity will be exceeded approximately 20 days each season – a 10-fold increase – once Woodward Park City construction begins.

Planning Commissioner Steve Joyce said his experience is that capacity is exceeded "a lot more" than two days a season. His biggest concern, he said, is the impact of overflow parking on the surrounding neighborhood.

"I know it’s there, I see it, I’m subject to it sometimes," he said.

Planning Commissioner John Phillips agreed with Joyce’s concerns while another panel member, Preston Campbell, pushed back a bit, saying that overflow parking would be "self-regulating" because nobody would want to fix the parking situation more than PCMR. He added that concerns about the parking situation should not obscure the economic benefits the Woodward facility would be expected to bring to the community.

"Our job is not to make PCMR more profitable," Joyce responded. "That’s not our Planning Commission job. That’s the chamber of commerce, and we’re not them."

"I agree," said Nann Worel, chair of the Planning Commission.

The current maximum number of off-site parking spaces available to PCMR is 799, according to the resort. That figure includes lots at the high school as well as lots at McPolin Elementary and Treasure Mountain Junior High School.

The Planning Commission inquired about PCMR’s parking arrangement with the schools. Jenni Smith, president and general manager of PCMR, clarified that the resort does not have a lease with the schools, but rather a less-formal three-year agreement.

Planning Commissioner Stewart Gross said PCMR needs to make sure the agreement with the schools is extended.

"That needs to be in hand so we know what to expect" over the next five to seven years, Gross said.

Smith indicated PCMR will initiate that task.

As part of the base area redevelopment, PCMR is planning to construct a multi-level parking and transit facility that will have pedestrian overpasses leading directly to the mountain. That project would follow Woodward Park City and be implemented "over the next five years," according to Michael Barille of PlanWorks Design, who is leading the project.

PCMR estimates an approximately 18-month construction schedule for the Woodward facility.

For further details about the Woodward project and PCMR’s larger base-area redevelopment, visit woodwardparkcity.com and masterplan.pcmr.com.