The Park City business group is discussing the concept of a workers-only lot just off Main Street

Discussions are ongoing about the possibility of opening the flagpole site at Core Main Street to employees. The group, which represents Main Street businesses, is considering the change, and Park City executives could address the issue in November. | David Jackson/Park Record

People who work in the core of Main Street could reserve a parking space just steps away from the shopping, dining and entertainment district.

The organization, which represents businesses on or very close to Main Street, is considering applying for a significant change in the operation of the so-called flagpole lot at the north end of Swede Alley, one block from Main Street. Any application would need to be approved by City Hall, which owns and operates the property.

The Historic Park City Alliance is debating whether to ask City Hall to enact a restriction on the flagpole lot next winter, reserving spaces for people working in the Main Street area. The lot is currently available to the general public. Materials drafted in anticipation of a recent meeting of Historic Park City Alliance leadership indicate that Park City Council may discuss the change at a Nov. 3 meeting. Details of any change in the operation of Flagstaff Square would be released by City Hall in advance of a City Council meeting.

Ginger Wicks, the executive director of the Historic Park City Alliance, said the organization is “in the process of exploring whether this makes sense.” She said that opinions are being sought from companies in the flagpole area.

The flagpole car park currently operates as part of the regular park inventory, with metered parking at certain times and free parking at other times. It’s especially convenient for people driving to shops near the intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue.

However, Wicks cited problems with traffic at the site. She described a scenario where drivers turned off Swede Alley to get into the parking lot and then couldn’t find an empty space. They then try to exit the car park by turning left onto Swede Alley, she said, causing a “traffic jam problem”.

The forthcoming debate over the operation of the flagpole property is likely to draw the attention of Main Street business owners and ordinary workers along the street. There could be support from those who would have liked to reserve parking for employees so close to Main Street, while others might question a move that takes parking away from customers driving to Main Street.

Employee parking in the core of Main Street has been a challenging issue for years as various interests have tried to find compromises that respect workers and customers.

The schedule of the current talks makes a decision likely a few weeks before the planned start of the ski season. If the operation of the flagpole site is changed at a meeting in early November, the local government is expected to act quickly with any required signs or notices.

Ski season at Park City Mountain Resort is slated to open on November 18, when the Main Street core usually gets significantly busier.


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