Parking is tight at Eccles
Dale Thompson Of the Record staff
When it comes to parking some people may be in a jam.
Parking is at a premium for this year’s Sundance Film Festival, especially at the Eccles Center. It seats approximately 1,300 people while the parking lot can accommodate 160 cars.
Construction at Park City High School has significantly reduced the number of available parking spaces.
"We’ve lost 70 or 80 spots with the portables," said Laurie Alexander, Safety Coordinator for PCHS.
High school principal Hal Smith is concerned about parking and urges people to find another mode of transportation to the Eccles Center during the festival.
Alexander offers her advice to patrons on surviving the parking shortage, "They need to be patient, they need to adjust, plan ahead and use public transportation."
Senior high school students who ordinarily park in the Eccles lot have the option of selling their passes back to the school for $50. Approximately 40 students have already opted to do this. The school then sells the passes for $200 a piece and uses the money to fund PCHS art programs.
Alexander said many people often pay extra for their passes when they learn the sales are a fundraiser. Last year the school made $20,000 selling the passes. This year Alexander anticipates raising $7,000. The amount is lower than last year’s because of the construction.
Alexander noted the students are very cooperative about selling their passes and adapt well when the Sundance Film Festival comes to PCHS.
"The kids don’t have a problem with it, they do what they need to do. Some choose not to drive that week. The kids come through." she said.
Alexander adds that she has a more difficult time working with the adults rather than the students.
"I had a gentleman who demanded I put him on the top of the list because he was a tax payer," she said of a festival participant trying to purchase a pass.
Last year a Sundance patron left his car in the middle of the lot and allowed it to be towed. Alexander said he commented he was happy to know his car was safe in the impoundment yard.
The charge for having your car towed from the Eccles Center is $150 and up.
Parking is consistently a challenge at the festival.
"I think it’s getting to the point where a lot of folks are realizing they need to plan their day," Alexander said, referring to people utilizing public transportation.
She added that Sundance has given many opportunities to the students at PCHS. They contribute to the scholarship program and actors and actresses participating in the festival will come speak to high school classes.
"They come and share their experiences, we’re lucky to have them. Sundance is awesome." she said.
If you have any questions about parking at the Eccles Center contact Laurie Alexander at: 435-731-0122.
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