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July eNews: The Arts & Culture Issue!

Post Date:07/17/2017 2:30 PM



Park City’s Arts & Culture District will preserve and nurture our community’s soul

Last Friday, Park City announced we would purchase a five-acre parcel in the Bonanza Park neighborhood to create an arts and culture district. We’re embarking now on a planning process to preserve and enhance the arts in our community. We’re doing so with two anchor partners, Sundance Institute and the Kimball Art Center, both an intrinsic part of our DNA.
At this moment in time we have the rare opportunity to affect the complexion of an entire neighborhood. While successful on several levels, and certainly serving an important cross section of our community, the area is undergoing extensive redevelopment pressure. I’ve watched these redevelopment proposals go through many iterations, many missteps. We now have the opportunity to master plan the neighborhood based on the concept of arts and culture that is so essential to our sense of community. The district will be designed at a pedestrian scale, and we are planning to build a transit node to connect the district to the rest of the city: Prospector, the resorts, Main Street, and Kimball Junction Transit Center.
The city is playing a somewhat stronger role because we believe it’s important to create a neighborhood with a mass, form, and scale that is consistent with Park City’s community vision. Market forces were pushing it in a different direction, with nightly rentals, additional height requests, and higher density. The city is committed to a transparent and inclusive public process to take advantage of this new opportunity to better shape our future.

Many have expressed concern that vibrant, local businesses will be displaced. With our project partners, the city is taking a proactive role to collaboratively realign the redevelopment of the area with community goals. We’ll be keeping this vibrancy at the top of mind as we determine the tenant mix best suited to support the arts and culture district. Redeveloping this parcel will also help move forward our other priorities, including transit and housing.

To fund the city portion of the project, Park City is proposing a one percent increase to the transient room tax, which will be borne entirely by overnight visitors. We feel this is an appropriate funding source since this district will be an amenity to locals and visitors alike.

With this purchase, we’ve taken a big step, but it is only the first step in a long process. Please support the Sundance Institute and the Kimball Art Center as we collectively embark on this endeavor. And please stay engaged: let us know what you think would make a great arts and culture district. This is a great opportunity—a great experiment—and it might just work. So let’s start planning!

(l-r): Hadley Dynak, ProjectABC logo, Jenny Diersen. Photo Credit for Hadley Dynak: Trevor Hooper


Project ABC (Arts, Beauty, Culture) is a master planning process that will help create a road map for the future and provide a unifying vision for arts and culture throughout Park City and Summit County. Hadley Dynak is executive director of the Park City Summit County Arts Council and is leading Project ABC. Jenny Diersen is the staff liaison to the Park City Public Art Advisory Board. Together with many other community members and leaders, they are working to helping map the future of arts and culture in our community.
Park City Municipal Corporation: Project ABC stands for “Art Beauty Culture.” How are you defining arts and culture?

Hadley Dynak:
Project ABC is a community cultural planning process. We have intentionally defined the term “arts and culture” very broadly to make sure our planning efforts reflect interests across Summit County—from public art to the county fair, local creative businesses, film, music, theatre, and visual arts programming. Key stakeholders include our local governments, schools, resorts, businesses, nonprofits, residents, and visitors. We want to make sure this effort captures the desires of those who live, work, and play here. The priorities that result will identify unique needs for individual communities, as well as opportunities for collaboration and connections among the communities to form a collective vision.


Last fall the Public Art Advisory Board released an RFP for an original art installation for the interior of the PCMARC. The board sought a piece that would “promote a sense of play, discovery, and community.” They eventually selected local resident Mike Wong’s proposal for a repurposed kinetic sculpture. Mike is a mentor for PCCAPS (Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies) and collaborated with two PCCAPS students, Sky Martin and Joshua Lansky. Sky and Josh both recently graduated from Park City High School. Mike and Sky sat down to discuss the piece and its significance to them personally and the larger community.

Park City Municipal Corporation: What are your respective backgrounds, and how do they inform the design and installation of Gravity & Gear?

Sky Martin: I grew up on a boat and was homeschooled by my parents. (After 9/11 my parents decided that they wanted to enjoy life, so we all set sail around the world—traveling to Europe and the Caribbean). There are no doctor’s offices or boat-repair shops on board (to say nothing of TVs or cell phones), so we became pretty resourceful. Eventually we settled in Park City, and I became involved in the PCCAPS program, which has provided such great exposure to real-life math and science challenges.


On Wednesday, July 19thPark City staff and Council members Andy Beerman and Nann Worel will present the latest climate science, how it affects our health, and what we can do about it. The presentationwill be held from6 - 7 pm atThe Blair Education Center at Park City Hospital,900 Round Valley Dr, Park City, UT. The presentation, followed by discussion, will cover the impact that climate change is having on our planet, both locally and globally, as well as the solutions we have at hand to move us towards a safe and sustainable future.
Wednesday, July 19
6:00 to 7:00pm
The Blair Education Center at Park City Hospital, 900 Round Valley Drive

Rollout complements other transit enhancements including Electric XPress and Kamas Commuter

The first all-electric bike share in the nation launches Wednesday, July 19! Summit Bike Share will roll out with 88 electric-assist bikes and nine stations throughout the Snyderville Basin and Park City. Help launch the program by joining in a bike rally on the 19th. Join City and County elected officials at one of Park City's two transit centers to ride as a group to McPolin Barn. (You can check out ebikes at either station or ride your own.) Or take the 6 Lime or 7 Pink bus to the barn and meet the group at 12:30 p.m.

The Summit Bike Share is part of the city and county's broader regional transportation program. Here are some other recent upgrades and rollouts to our alternative transportation system:
  • The Electric Express rolled out June 23. This battery-electric express route connects Kimball Junction to Old Town Transit Center with stops at Canyons Transit Hub and Fresh Market. The line runs every 10 minutes from 7:00 am to midnight.
  • PC/SLC Connect Expansion: On June 26, bus service between Park City and Salt Lake doubled from 4-to-8 daily runs each way. There are now 4 morning, 1 midday, and 3 evening runs in each direction. Route 902 buses, as they are known, now terminate at the Kimball Junction Transit Center, rather than the Old Town Transit Center. Passengers can disembark at Kimball Junction and catch the new Electric Xpress down SR224. While a transfer is necessary, this shortened route helps offset the increased cost of doubling the number of routes from the Salt Lake Valley.
  • FREE Kamas Commuter to Park City (11 Kamas Black): On June 26, the first of several transit connections from eastern Summit County began. Kamas residents can catch the bus adjacent to Volkers Bakery and take it to Deer Mountain Affordable Community Housing, Quinn's Junction, Park City High School, Fresh Market, and Park City Transit Center.
  • 12 Kamas Link: This new link service is timed to meet the Kamas Commuter and transfer passengers between the hospital and Kimball Junction Transit Center.
  • 8 Brown: This now circulates through the Trailside and Kimball Junction neighborhoods, but no longer provides service along SR224. Frequency has also increased to every half-hour.
  • Riders who use the Kamas Commuter Route or PC/SLC Connect Expansion have access to the “Guaranteed Ride Home” program. This provides passengers transportation in the event of an emergency or other unforeseen circumstance. Call 435.615.5353; TTY: 435.615.7041 or 711; TTY En Espanol: 888.346.3162 or email with questions.
Learn about other planned transit and transportation projects that are being funded by Propositions 9 and 10 at the Let's Go Summit website.

On the evening of July 21st, the Sundance Institute Summer Film Series, in partnership with Park City Municipal and several local nonprofits, will host a free screening of Chasing Coral. Our special guest will be Zach Rago, a self-described “coral nerd” who is featured in the movie.
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. This gorgeous film, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, captures a team of divers, photographers and scientists who have set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover what is happening to our coral reefs, and reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
Before the film, several local nonprofits will be on-site with activities and information to learn more about your local environment and how to get involved in its protection. Also, several City Council members will discuss Park City’s ambitious climate action plan.


Public review and feedback is encouraged

In an effort to provide clarity and to assist enforcement of the City’s Noise Ordinance Code (Title 6, Chapter 3), City staff will be presenting proposed code amendments to the Park City Planning Commission on Wednesday, July 26, which will be followed by a presentation to City Council in August for review and final action.

The goal of these proposed amendments is to minimize conflicts in neighboring commercial and residential zones, while also enacting sound legislation that is clearly understood and consistently enforced. These amendments have been developed in coordination with the Legal, Building, Special Events and Police Department to ensure that enforcement and community preservation is balanced with special events and community vibrancy. Additionally, staff has taken this opportunity to consider the recent feedback from the public and City Council regarding code enforcement and coordinate the noise code amendments with the implementation of a coordinated and strategic enforcement approach involving multiple departments.
The proposed amendments identify noise thresholds by specific decibel levels per use district and time of day as seen below:
Proposed amendments to decibel* levels outlined in Park City’s Municipal Code (Title 6, Chapter 3)

*For decibel level reference:
  • 50 db: refrigerator
  • 60 db: sewing machine
  • 70 db: coffee grinder
  • 50 db is half as loud as 60; 60 db is half as loud as 70; etc.
The public is encouraged to review and provide feedback on the proposed amendments during this review process by the Planning Commission and City Council. For additional questions, or to provide direct feedback, please contact Michelle Downard at or (435) 615-5000.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the following meetings over the next month. Follow this link for additional meeting information and agendas.
Wed., July 19 Library Board | noon | Park City Library
Wed., July 19 Special Events Advisory Cttee | noon | Park City Library
Wed., July 19 Historic Preservation Board | 5:00 pm | Council Chambers
Thurs., July 20 City Council Meeting | 6:00 pm | Council Chambers
Wed., July 26 Planning Commission |5:30 pm | Council Chambers
Tues., August 1 Recereation Advisory Board | 6:00 pm | PCMARC
Thurs., August 3 City Council |Time TBD | Council Chambers
Thurs., August 17 City Council | Time TBD | Council Chambers
Wed., August 23 Planning Commission | 5:30 pm | Council Chambers
Can't make it to City Council or Planning Comission in person? Attend virtually or download the recording via the Listen Live link.

The following special events may create impacts or require advance planning to attend. Please exercise caution when in the area and plan ahead for road closures, detours, slowdowns, and parking restrictions and costs. Want the most up-to-date event traffic and emergency notification? Text PCEVENTS to 888777 to subscribe to text alerts.
  • Park Silly Sunday Market: Kicked off Sunday, June 3 and runs through September 17 (no markets August 6 or 13). Lower Main Street. Parking is limited: take the bus, walk, or bike to the event. Free bike valet available. Remember to bring your reusable bags.
  • Park City Kimball Arts Festival: August 4-6. Park City’s Main Street. Free shuttle service from Park City High School and Deer Valley until 1:00 p.m. Parking in China Bridge $20 (cash only). It’s best to carpool, bike, walk, or take free transit to the event. More information regarding road closures and transportation options to be released soon!
  • Summit County Fair: August 5-12, Coalville. Free shuttle service on August 5, 11 & 12 from North Summit High School, Coalville City Hall, and Summit County Courthouse parking lots.
  • Park City Trail Series: August 12, 6:00 am-12:30 pm. Round Valley Quinn’s Junction Trailhead. Park at dirt lot at trailhead. Overflow lot at ice arena.
For a complete listing of Park City & Summit County events and activities, please visit the Park City Chamber's events page.


Being a conscientious dog owner is one of the easiest ways to help protect Summit County's drinking water. When you consider that dog poop is essentially raw sewage (containing a whole host of bacteria, viruses, and parasites), it makes sense to always pick up after your pooch on trails, sidewalks, and in yards. When it rains, dog waste is washed into our rivers and streams, so let's keep it from entering the watershed in the first place. Bring a bag and scoop the poop!
To learn more about protecting our watershed, visit the Stormwater Division on the city's website or call 435.615.5307.
The fire danger is high in Park City. Warm temperatures, high winds, and dry vegetation have significantly increased the threat of wildfire. Fireworks, explosive devices, and open fires are direct threats to the safety of our entire community.Park City Municipal Corporation has enacted emergency ordinances prohibiting the discharge of fireworks and open fires to reduce the risk of wildfire for the 2016 fire season. Violations of these restrictions may result in fines and cost recovery offire-fighting expenses.

For more information about fire safety, please visit the U.S. Fire Administration at

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