Letter: Stuffing more cars into our small town is not the answer
March 12, 2019
More cars in a small town
Figuring out how to move more and more cars around Park City ignores the big question of how to save Park City from more and more cars. If we are still wonderful enough to attract all these visitors, we must be wonderful enough to protect for everyone — locals and tourists. Instead of trying to stuff more cars into this small town, we need to build parking at the perimeter entrances and provide alternative transportation from those hubs. No matter how well too many cars are managed, the best we can hope for is coping with too many cars. By the way, big hotels with large parking areas is far from a good solution. Please, enough.
Avoid a travesty
Bulldozers, backhoes and multi-million dollar homes are a reality on the Osguthorpe Farm if Summit Land Conservancy is unable to raise the last $800,000 it needs to put a permanent conservation easement on the "Green Heart of the Basin." Our community has generously donated over $4 million to this very worthy cause, but time is running out. We have an $8.8 million federal grant that expires March 31. It is the biggest land grant ever awarded to a land trust in Utah, and it would be a travesty to not utilize it. The Osguthorpe family has recently reduced the sales price another $500,000, for which we are grateful.
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Summit Land Conservancy will be holding an open house at the Richins Building in Kimball Junction on Monday, March 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Please join us as our executive director, Cheryl Fox, makes a brief presentation and can answer any questions you may have. You can also visit wesaveland.org to make a donation and learn more about saving this 158-acre farm from development.
Kathleen Nichols and Wes Siddoway
Summit Land Conservancy board leadership
Land deal is still possible
Time is almost up but it's still possible that me can make it happen. $800,000 to save the 158-acre Osguthorpe Farm from development — money must be raised by end of March or a federal grant is lost and that will be the end. It's a big chunk of open space. But, if 800 people could donate $1,000 or 400 people $2,000, it would be a reality. It's a lot, but for me continuing to know that the sandhill cranes have a place to congregate made it a no brainer. Please, please, any amount will help! Go to the Summit Land Conservancy website, wesaveland.org. They have said they will return the money if the deal doesn't go through. I am really hoping it does.
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