Letters to the editor, Dec. 13-15, 2017 | ParkRecord.com

Letters to the editor, Dec. 13-15, 2017

Recycle Utah thanks PCMR

Editor:

Recycle Utah would like to extend thanks to Park City Mountain Resort and EpicPromise for their continued support of our educational programs and 100 Mile Meal.

We align with EpicPromise and their commitment to creating a more promising future for generations to come. With the support of EpicPromise, Recycle Utah is able to educate nearly 5,000 Summit County students on best practices in recycling, water protection, energy conservation and more.

Park City Mountain Resort also helps make our annual Water Festival possible, in which over 600 fourth graders learn about our most precious natural resource, water. These programs ensure that the youngest members of our community are empowered to lead sustainable lives to protect the environment they will grow up in.

Thank you to Park City Mountain for your commitment to our local community in Park City. We at Recycle Utah are grateful for the support as we continue to educate the next generation of environmental stewards.

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Carolyn Wawra
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Turkey drive was again a success

Editor:

The week before Thanksgiving, the Park City Board of Realtors celebrated the 16th Anniversary of the Park City Turkey Drive at the Market at Park City.

Our goal this year was 2,500 turkeys – and we did it! 850 turkeys were donated to the Park City Christian Center along with hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food items for distribution to both Summit and Wasatch counties. The remaining birds were picked up by other local food pantries and the Utah food bank for distribution beyond.

This drive is made possible by the many members, colleagues and friends of the Park City Board of Realtors that always give generously. You have again shown your compassion and without you, the number of people enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner would not be possible. To Rick Otto, Mario Ferreira, and Barclay Butera and their many clients and friends, a ginormous heartfelt thank you for your generous contributions during the Wednesday fund raising event that started this year's momentum. Finally a great big thank you to the many members of our wonderful community who again supported the turkey drive this year. Together we are making a big difference by "giving hunger the bird." Because of all of you, over 15,000 people will be thankful you provided them with a turkey dinner this Thanksgiving.

The turkeys for the annual drive are provided entirely by Mike Holmes at The Market in Park City. He has been our ardent supporter for the past 16 years and for two days Mike and his staff commit their time and resources to ensuring the success of this event.

Thank you to our many volunteers, and to our Realtor and affiliate friends for their support and a very special thanks to the entire Park City community for your incredible generosity. We hope you will put the 17th Annual Turkey Drive on your 2018 calendar.

Deb Hartley
Park City

Saving farm is a worthy effort

Editor:

I am writing to express my support of the preservation of the 158 acre Ogsuthorpe Farm in the Snyderville Basin along Old Ranch Road.

It truly is the last farm in the Old Ranch Road area and it would be a shame to lose this open piece of land to more development.

I hope community members, the Summit Land Conservancy and the Summit County Council can work together to raise the remaining dollar amount to add to the federal grant already obtained to keep the farm a farm.

For more information, go to the Summit Land Conservancy's website: wesaveland.org.

Lisa B. Johnson
Snyderville

PCMR needs to beef up lifts

Editor:

All capital improvements at PCMR are always appreciated. But it seems to me that PCMR is ignoring the skiers who have progressed past the bunny slopes. With daily lift tickets over $129, how does PCMR justify lifts as slow and outdated as Pioneer, Town Lift, Thaynes, Jupiter, Peak5, Dream Catcher and Dreamscape. Replacing some or all of these lifts would create a much better ski experience. This would leave skiers more time to spend in your restaurants. PCMR should know that people who ski more eat more. In addition PCMR should look to build a downhill loading station on top of Crescent (accessible from skiing from top of Silverload). This would enable PCMR to concentrate early season snowmaking at the much higher elevation of Silverlode. Which also serves green through black runs. Putting everyone on Homerun opening days (or weeks) is dangerous. It's the skiing experience which brings skiers returning to PCMR. Good restaurants are just a bonus.

Stuart Goldner
Park City

Project would worsen traffic

Editor:

Just past Canyons stoplight, Hwy 224 becomes a stunning entry corridor to our world-class home. It's a lovely drive along winding McLeod Creek, past Osguthorpe's fields with magnificent landmark McPolin Barn.

Unfortunately, traffic along Hwy 224 is often congested, so keeping this area commercial-free is an essential step to traffic mitigation. In fact, our County's carefully crafted general plan keeps commercial development on the Canyons side of Hwy 224 – away from this area.

Therefore, I strongly oppose Colby School's proposal to develop this Rural Residential property to include an enormous 5000+ square-foot restaurant. I shudder to think of the impacts that would be created by a restaurant this size – especially traffic!

Back in the '80s Snowed Inn had a dining room in this 15-room Inn. It was small and there was no bar. Let's keep it that way. Anything larger is beyond a vested use and creates impacts that cannot be mitigated.

I urge the Summit County Planning Commission to deny the restaurant as proposed.

Michelle McReynolds
Park City

Film series is vital to Park City

Editor:

As Park City is inevitably going through changes, I find myself holding on to this vibrant town and its history that made it so genuine. One vital part of this history is the Park City Film Series, a non-profit organization whose mission is to create community through film. Growing up in Park City, I was fortunate enough to look forward to moments like skipping school on powder days with my dad, twirling in the grass at city park concerts and going to see a film at the Jim Santy Auditorium. These movies and their independent nature strongly influenced my life. All of these delights had a valuable commonality to my upbringing – community.

During a time where the economics of cinema are changing, more movies have become a product for mass consumption and much is readily accessible on our private devices. I think independent art house cinema is vital not only to the community but to us as individuals. PCFS is where you go to build bridges between cultures, increase civic engagement, and share laughter, shock, and excitement across an entire audience. It's where our kids can go to fuel creativity, foster beauty, and inspire goodness. Also, you can observe the many different shapes and sizes of 'bring your own' popcorn bowls.

To continue and maintain the unique experience that is an anchor to Park City's identity, I ask you to help support PCFS by becoming a member. With a membership, you'll enjoy discounts on film tickets, invitations to film-related events, and help support programs such as foreign cinema for kids, book 2 movies, and national theatre live. Our Reel Community program also helps other local non-profit organizations have a communication tool to bring attention to their cause and expand their impact. A membership also supports the PCFS dedicated staff and wonderful volunteers. To renew or join please visit http://www.parkcityfilmseries.com.

Tori Sowul
Film series board member