Vail, Lake Tahoe leaders head to Park City on fact-finding mission |

Vail, Lake Tahoe leaders head to Park City on fact-finding mission

by Jay Hamburger, THE PARK RECORD

Groups of leaders from Vail, Colo., and the Lake Tahoe region will visit Park City this week to learn about the mechanics of City Hall, the tourism industry and other topics shared by mountain resort communities.

The meetings are scheduled on Thursday and Friday. Phyllis Robinson, who directs City Hall’s public affairs and helped organize the event, said 27 people from the Lake Tahoe region and 15 people from the Vail municipal government are scheduled to travel to Park City.

Robinson said the two groups were planning separate trips to Park City before the visits were arranged for the same days. The Lake Tahoe travelers will include public officials from Truckee, Calif., and other local governments there as well as representatives of several chambers of commerce. She said nobody from Vail Resorts, the operator of Canyons Resort, is visiting as part of the Vail contingent.

She said the people from the Lake Tahoe region of California and Nevada are interested in learning about the transit system and transportation planning. Kent Cashel, the transit director, will speak to the group on Friday, she said. It is likely he will speak about successes such as the expansion of the bus system into the Snyderville Basin and the Park City-Salt Lake City bus connection.

The Vail officials are interested in economic development, she said. Robinson said City Hall will present information about Main Street, the planned redevelopment of the Bonanza Park district and development ideas for the lower Park Avenue corridor.

Robinson said tours are planned of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Center of Excellence, Main Street, the Utah Olympic Park and recreation facilities like the Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center and the Park City Ice Arena.

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The Thursday morning schedule includes remarks by Mayor Jack Thomas, City Manager Diane Foster and Bill Malone, the president and CEO of the Park City Chamber/Bureau.