Letters: Voice your opinion to reclaim a park from private interests
All of ours
Main Street Park is significantly larger than what we see and made available for enjoyment by city residents and their guests. 2,000 square feet behind 146 Main was mysteriously left out of the improvements and, until recently, was maintained. Today it’s gone to seed. This spot is part of a larger, irregularly shaped city-owned parcel, PC-261-A-X, which includes Hillside Trail, Poison Creek streambed, Main Street Park and land east of homes on Main Street.
Current discussions are underway for Main Street property owners to purchase tiny pieces of that parcel that their homes abut. For the three that face the trail it’s a good thing for the city to sell. Those spaces are small and completely inaccessible for maintenance crews. Using the stream bed as a property line is a natural boundary. Behind 146, park land has been obviously cordoned off from pedestrian access for years and used as private property. The yard behind 148 Main is also is park space and beautifully maintained. While not being readily accessible, it does have some delineation in the form a short metal fence. Selling these lands is not in the best interests of the city. (Re)introducing them as park is!
A City Council hearing is slated for Aug. 29. All are invited to come, or write, to voice your opinion.
The city must (re)claim their land from private interests. They must provide a way for visitors and neighborhood residents of Upper Main to utilize this neglected spot. Furthermore Park City should define park property via a small property-line fence, remove over-grown bushes/trees to prevent transient use and maintain an open park-like atmosphere. After all, it IS a park. And it’s a park that’s all of ours.
Let your voice be heard
Are you aware that next Saturday is scheduled to be the last airing of The Classified Show on KPCW?
If you or someone you know supports a local nonprofit, which pretty much includes everyone in town, you should really care that the show stays on the air. Last week’s two-hour show from the National Ability Center promoting and publicizing the NAC and the challenge ride is a perfect example of why it needs to stay on the air. Recycle Utah, Park City Film, Park City Arts foundation, Nuzzles and Co., Running with Ed, etc., will lose an important part of their voice. The show is about so much more than yard sales, it is a positive format where we can find out what is happening in Park City without any negatives. The nonprofit community and those of us who really enjoy a positive show that is all about locals and is for locals should call the radio station and let their voices be heard,
Joy Page and Mike Hunter
Help keep our town humming
Thank you James Hoyt for covering the International Student Housing Task Force (Park Record Aug. 24-27). We have worked hard for over a year in the hopes of recruiting more locals to rent a room to these workers commonly referred to as J-1 visa holders. They make up one-sixth of our seasonal workforce who keep our town humming and the lifts running.
By the time this letter appears, the first public informational meeting will have been held. The next one is Sept. 3, from 6-8 p.m. generously hosted by Bill White Farms, 5373 S.R. 224. Locals, if you are even remotely interested in sharing your home, now or in the future, with one of these student workers, please attend.
If you caught Mr. Hoyt’s article, you may be wondering about my quote, “don’t forget about the litter box.” A little context will clear that up. Not to worry, even though I’m from Arkansas, we have indoor plumbing for people. But we do have two cats. We actively recruit a tenant who is an animal lover and will enjoy sharing a home with our furry family members. In return for a very low rental price per the space provided, we occasionally ask that they feed the kitties and scoop the box if we are away, which is not often. Other families look for a tenant who will speak their native (non-English) language in the home to help improve their skills. Although a landlord is not expected to provide food or meals, some enjoy sharing dinner and learning new dishes. We always want to make it a win-win situation. We are already looking forward to our next winter renter. Who will it be?
Becky and Benny Yih
Performance did not disappoint
Thank you Park City Institute for bringing artists like CAM to the stage! I had never heard of her but took a chance and bought a ticket on the recommendation of a friend. I was not disappointed.
My take on CAM, Eccles Theater Saturday night:
She’s adorable, a petite gal in tall, white 5 inch heel boots, her dress, flowered and short with billowing sleeves that come all the way down to her wrists, like a butterfly. She’s got a saucy mop of blond curls, reminiscent of Dolly Parton in the early days. And a powerful voice (full of hoo, hoo, and a pinch of penny). She’s so darn cute you just want to hear her talk and tell her stories. You realize after a few she’s told them many times before, they are part of the act, however, you don’t care, you want her to just talk — it’s intimate.
All this combined with her consummate skill in lyrics and voice projection, they take the show. She interacts with the audience and invites you to do that. Many of her songs are written by her and she sings them from her heart and whole body. She does not play guitar but sits on a plush parlor sofa, her booted legs crossed, holding a wireless mic, her guitar and banjo player in two side chairs beside her (like a living room jam). Then she pulls you in softly and slowly, building up her volume until she stands at the mic later in the show, sashaying to the rhythm. Her banjo player is something else, along with a bass, guitarist, drummer and recorder. They keep her in the groove seamlessly, each song progressing to more tension and emotion. This powerful and spunky lady can make you cry, laugh and want more. She’s definitely Nashville from the top of her curly head to the souls of her 5 inch heel boots. I was hesitant to attend but thought what the heck and was rewarded immensely.
Anita Louise Crane
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