Letters to the Editor, July 4-7, 2015
New condo project on Main Street is a disaster
Well the 205 Main Street project is now in the books. A six-unit residential/condo project that brings no benefits to the Main Street area will be built in the HCB district against the code. As our mayor stated "this was a travesty." In my view and others’ this is the mistake of the decade for Park City government. The City had an opportunity to really do something special for Main Street and the upper area of Main and they failed.
Not only did the City fail but our elected officials and their appointed planning commission had no knowledge of what was going on with this project. Where does the buck stop? Does it stop with our Mayor and City Council members who knew nothing about this 205 development or a staffer who approved the project basically himself with no oversight?
I was told by one of the staff members during this debate/conversation that the council "can’t know everything." I couldn’t disagree more. If you are elected to office you better know what’s going on. You should demand to know what’s going on. This 205 Main issue is not an isolated instance. There are others. Too many to discuss. The City and our elected officials need to look at how they conduct their business. Changes need to be made.
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Utah’s Olympic legacy lives on
In October 2014, the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation embarked upon a historic project – building a world-class Freestyle training facility like none other. On June 27, 2015 the Spence Eccles Olympic Freestyle Pool opened, bearing the name of Utah’s most passionate Olympic supporter. Mr. Eccles’ commitment and enthusiasm led the project’s fundraising effort with his generous offer to match each dollar raised up to $1,000,000.
A unique partnership between two non-profits, the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation, reached out for help and the response was overwhelming! Gifts ranging from $10 to $500,000 poured in from private donors across the country, California to Connecticut. With its contribution, the U.S. Olympic Committee continued to recognize the importance of Utah as a winter training site. The State of Utah reinforced its deep commitment to Utah’s Olympic legacy. Utah businesses gave generously. In the final hour, the amazing Park City community rallied to carry us over the finish line.
On behalf of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, we extend a sincere, heartfelt thank you to each and every one who participated in making the Spence Eccles Olympic Freestyle Pool a reality. This stunning new facility not only provides elite athlete training, but also a variety of community uses especially for young people.
Please visit Utah Olympic Park this summer to enjoy the Spence Eccles Olympic Freestyle Pool!
With our warmest appreciation,
Colin Hilton, President and CEO
Jennifer Lippman, Development Director
Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation
Park City and Salt Lake City
A reader involved in addressing mental health in Summit County applauds Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and his wife Elena Amsterdam for their efforts to help mountain towns wrap their arms around the issue.