Letters to the Editor,
November 27, 2015
Park City is awake and ready to hit the trail
Last Friday, as part of ski season kick off, the folks at Park City Mountain/Vail Resorts hosted Wake Up Park City. All over town, complimentary coffee mugs were filled for free in celebration of opening day. Now in its 3rd year, Wake Up Park City has gained sufficient momentum to expire a robust supply of 1,500 mugs at 8 shops in less than 2 hours. Rumor has it, Parkites were scrambling from one shop to another in search of a commemorative mug.
As a Community Partner, the Mountain Trails Foundation extends a hearty THANK YOU to the employees of Park City Mountain/Vail Resorts and to the Mountain Trails Ambassadors. Your enthusiasm for supporting non-motorized trails and the friendly Park City way of life is deeply appreciated. For every mug that was given away, EpicPromise donated $1 to Mountain Trails to support trail maintenance. Free mug, free coffee and a donation to support trails – what better way to start the day!
We’ll see you out there next year, fully caffeinated at the crack of dawn!
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Mountain Trails Foundation
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The village comes through with plenty of bling
The amazing success of the recent Bling Fling was largely due to unfailing community support and an army of volunteers who teamed to bring about a seamless event. Bling Fling — the resale of donated women’s accessories — has grown in two years’ time to become a principal fundraiser for Peace House. Every cent raised during the Bling Fling sale goes directly to support victims of domestic abuse in Summit and Wasatch counties.
We are grateful to the Prospector Conference Center for allowing us to use a room to sort and mark all the donations for resale. Park City Community Church graciously lent us the use of the spacious downstairs "community room" where the two-day event was staged.
The statement, "It Takes a Village," is so Bling Fling appropriate. Peace House cannot thank enough the many donors, volunteers, businesses and shoppers that made it so successful.
Again, we thank you.
Ann Johnson, Communications and Development Manager
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Swaner Preserve is a refuge for animals and residents
While driving west on the Interstate 80 frontage road from Highland Estates toward Kimball Junction after a recent snow, I was struck by the beauty of our mountains. Then I realized that the view was not only enhanced by, but made possible by the open land donated by the Swaner family to form the Swaner Nature Preserve. We are all blessed to have that serene, protected area in our rapidly developing county.
The Swaner family sacrificed much financial gain to honor Leland Swaner, a patriarch of their family who died in 1992.
Thank you for the joy that you bring to all of us.
Brew Pub lot has lots of potential
Park City has a chance to really make a statement. The largest open lot left on Main Street, south of the Brew Pub, is a blank slate. Let’s think this through. So many are concerned about affordable housing, parking for Main St businesses, and a Zero ecological footprint. Well, maybe a self-sustaining affordable housing structure with two levels of underground parking will hit that home run. The right marketing would make such a building a shining example of what a small resort town can do to make a difference.
A floor of affordable residences and one or two floors of rental units. Some of the parking could be assigned to the residences and renters and the rest of the spaces to the Main street employees, which would be subsidized by the Main St. businesses. In adherence to the Main St. Master Plan a small bodega could be at the sidewalk level – to supply the residents and tourists with some simple essentials. Maybe a Laundromat – owned by a non-profit organization to help their financial needs.
A park, a stage, a water feature are a nice thought, but certainly not practical. The city doesn’t need another area to continually throw taxpayer money at. Main Street needs people to sustain the existing businesses and this building would help that need.
A solar powered green building that encompasses all of the energy efficient needs to make it a building that people will talk about for years. It would certainly be written up in the ecological and building publications to give Park City more accolades – not that we need them.
Wouldn’t it be unique if a city owned property had an income to sustain itself, as well as being practical. I am just saying, that this really is an opportunity for Park City to shine, in so many areas.
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