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Sundance economic impact

Editor:

I’m just curious In the Jan. 31 edition of The Park Record, an article stated: "The festival-goers spend millions of dollars during Sundance, an estimated $52.9 million in Summit County during the 2006 festival, a study found after last year’s event. That year, the study found, people at the festival spent $26.6 million on accommodations."

Does this take into account what is spent during a similar time period during the winter? Is this the incremental increase due to Sundance or just the "gross" numbers? I assume the study determined a baseline of economic activity for the area during the time period and then factored this into the increases due to Sundance?

Can I get a copy of this report? Who paid for the study? Thanks.

Sincerely,

David McCann

Park City

PCMR safety

Editor:

My wife and I are skiers and have purchased season passes to PCMR for the last 10 years. In that time, we have seen the resort create more and more terrain dedicated to the growing number of boarders, which is perfectly understandable. However, safety should be the predominant issue in the location of these areas.

Every day we ski, we return to our condo in Old Town via the Town Runs, which we access by crossing PayDay at the end of Drift. Crossing at this point is extremely dangerous due to the placement of a boarding jib just uphill from the crossover. Boarders are continually flying off of the jib in a straight line to the entrance of another terrain park at King’s Crown, with little or no consideration for the crossing traffic.

The various terrain parks are an asset to the mountain, but PCMR should use better judgement on how boarders can access these areas without compromising the safety of the skiers on the mountain. A permanent solution to this would be to add a lift to the top of King’s Crown for access to the terrain park and return PayDay to a much safer run for skiers. In the meantime, the establishment of crossing gates, or the removal of the jib from the top section of PayDay would be a great improvement to the safety of both skiers and boarders.

Sincerely,

Tom Wirth

Park City

Sundancing around town

Editor:

As residents of upper Park Ave, we look forward to Sundance with equal amounts of anticipation (what will we see this year?) and trepidation (how long will it take us to get home this time?).

Thank you to PCMC and Sundance for running a great festival. We know it took a lot of up-front coordination and hard work to have it run smoothly. We would like to thank to the police, the special events department, and the parking enforcement crews for making the festival work, from an Old Town, "how the h#@$#&LL do we get around town?" perspective. We hope it was just as successful for the filmmakers.

Barbara Kuhr and John Plunkett

Park City

Gifts provide winter warmth

Editor:

Many thanks to the community of Park City for supporting our ninth annual Feliz Navidad Warm Coat Program. It seems every year we have a cold snap during the holidays and many in our community are left without the essentials they need to protect themselves from the cold. We would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you who cleaned out your closets or purchased something warm and made someone’s life a bit easier. Our deepest thanks to the Park City Homebuilders Association for the gift cards; seemed like they all found the perfect homes for those who needed them the most. Again, thank you to the Park City Board of Realtors every year we are the recipients of their generosity. The staff at Peace House and the Park City Library staff are to be thanked for their hard work with the "Holiday Helper" program and "The Mitten Tree." Until next year

Sincerely,

Chief Lloyd D. Evans Sr

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Park City Police Department

Shelley Weiss

Park City Community Outreach Center

Bone Marrow Donor Drive

Editor:

Thank you to everyone who helped with our drive to recruit bone marrow donors on Jan. 28! Funding was provided by Park City Sunrise Rotary, BD Medical in Sandy, and generous individuals. The folks at Wasatch Bagel Cafe went out of their way to provide dozens of bagels, as did Einstein’s.

The Park Record, KPCW, and Park City TV (thanks to EJ Raven, DC) gave us great publicity.

Thanks especially to the 64 potential stem cell donors who registered! Because you stepped up, lives will be saved.

If you missed this drive and would like to register, go to http://www.marrow.org, or get in on an upcoming drive by contacting karen@catapulsion.net.

Sincerely,

Karen Murray

Park City


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