Parking isn’t cheap during Sundance |

Parking isn’t cheap during Sundance

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

City Hall is charging people to park in well-placed spots on Swede Alley, a place where parking normally does not carry a fee.

It will cost $20 to park in the spots in the China Bridge garage and the surface spots on Swede Alley until Jan. 26. Between Jan. 26 and Jan. 30, the price is cut to $10.

Only cash will be accepted and people cannot drive off and come back without paying again.

The parking spaces on Swede Alley and the China Bridge garage are situated a block from Main Street, and they are the most convenient spots to the street besides those on Main Street itself.

The Main Street spots, though, will not be available for long-term parking during at least the beginning of the festival. Park City officials will limit parking on Main Street to 15-minute windows to drop people off or pick them up.

The west side of Main Street will remain in that arrangement throughout the festival. The parking spots on the east side of Main Street could reopen to parking on Jan. 26, if conditions warrant.

Meanwhile, festival-goers may park in outlying lots such as at City Park without paying. A satellite parking lot will operate without a fee at Snow Park in lower Deer Valley starting at 5 p.m. during the festival, with buses running between Snow Park and Main Street until 2 a.m.

Free parking is available at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stake center at Monitor Drive after 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

The Yard off Kearns Boulevard offers parking for $10, and people boarding buses to screenings at Temple Har Shalom must pick up the bus at The Yard.

A number of privately held parking lots and garages in the Main Street core are available, with fees depending on the operator.

Parking on Old Town streets surrounding Main Street like Park Avenue and Woodside Avenue are restricted to people who live on the streets and have obtained parking stickers from the Public Works Department. People who park in the permitted zones without a permit could be ticketed.

More information is available on City Hall’s Web site, Once at the site, select ‘City Departments’ from the ‘Government’ button. Choose ‘Special Events & Facilities’ and then ‘Sundance Film Festival’ on the left side of the screen. Information is available by choosing the ‘Sundance parking regulations’ and ‘Sundance parking map.’

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