Letters: Ecker Hill park-and-ride lot isn’t perfect, but it’s progress
Enjoy an express ride into town
I liked reading some of Angelique McNaughton’s recent article for the good information it contained about the new Ecker Hill park-and-ride lot. I was disappointed she reported only the views of some who question its location so close to the middle school; who doubt whether it is convenient enough for drivers to use since it has no direct access to Interstate 80 — which is cost prohibitive — and who fear Kilby Road will not be able to handle the increased traffic the lot will create, even though it has been redesigned by people who design roads for a living. I wish she’d interviewed me. I say “Wonderful!” Finally!” “Thank you!” to our transportation and community leaders for all their efforts to get this park-and-ride built at such a highly visible, (relatively) convenient location for those traveling from the Salt Lake Valley, and locally, from Summit Park, Pinebrook and Jeremy Ranch. I know folks who live in these areas who are “ecstatic” that they can park their cars there and ride a bus into town.
I would hope residents can think positively about the lot and “work with it.” Even if it isn’t a perfect solution to everyone, we have been clamoring for park-and-ride lots; we want less traffic on our major roads and know park-and-rides serve that purpose. Think back several years to when the county announced the parking lot at the Kimball Junction transit center would have about 35 spaces and we (including myself) clamored for more. Kimball Junction transit is my stop and over time, I have observed the lot there to be largely underutilized. Our tax dollars were used to make those parking spaces available using the only land that was available to the county.
We can do better — park at the Kimball Junction transit center or the Ecker Hill park-and-ride lot and enjoy an express ride into town.
A turkey for every table
Every year the Park City Board of Realtors Philanthropic Foundation undertakes a HUGE Turkey Drive that allows us at the Christian Center of Park City to give away 850 turkeys through our food pantries in Park City and Heber. In addition to the 850 that they give to us locally, this year they collected another 1,650 turkeys total that will be distributed all across the state. This has become the single largest individual turkey drive in the state! Thank you, Deb Hartley and Park City Board of Realtors, for organizing the Turkey Drive yet again! Additionally, this year, Park City Community Church will support this massive effort by supplying additional Thanksgiving meal ingredients. Thanks PCCC! On behalf of all those we serve, thank you for making sure every table has a turkey this Thanksgiving!
Christian Center of Park City executive director
“If you cannot love your neighbor as yourself, no matter who they are, start by looking in the mirror and see what changes need to be made from within.”