Park City Update: Good news – bad news. The bad news first. The organizers of the Park City Silly Sunday Market decided not to hold the event this year. The Silly Market traditionally hosts upwards of 13,000 people each Sunday. This comes on the heels of the decision to cancel the 2020 Tour of Utah which draws one of e largest crowds of the summer in Park City, with the race’s final stage finishing up on Historic Main Street.
The City’s Fourth of July celebration and the Kimball Arts Festival are still on the calendar and both are subject to change “dependent on the public health circumstances.”. For Arts Fest those dates are July 31st – August 2nd with contingency dates being considered for the fall. As to music, Deer Valley is still undecided, but is leaning toward cancelling events for this summer/fall. Mountain town plans on doing local small community events in Park City, Peoa, etc. that are ‘locals-oriented’ as well as announcing shortly a “sponsor an event” whereby they can do mobile events in neighborhoods or private yards for a donation with proper social distancing. But they do expect larger events (Canyons, Main Street, PCMR) could be cancelled.
So, looking for something to do? The golf courses (public and private) are or will be open with limitations consistent with golf operation across the country. Fly fishing is and is predicted to be spectacular given the reduced pressure. Our hundreds of miles of trails are in superb condition thanks to the Mountain Trails Foundation, and our State Parks are open, again with certain regulations in place. Here is the State Parks’ link:
Now for the good news, and this comes from the CDC’s May 6th report. Summit County, UT had no new known cases of COVID-19, and of the 382 people in the County who have tested positive for the virus, 311 have recovered. Last night we made our weekly trip to the market and I can say from personal observation that at least 90% of the patrons we saw were wearing masks and respecting social distancing. Maybe we have turned the corner and if people will just follow the guidelines, hopefully we have a more normal summer – that is whatever normal turns out to be. Here is a photo of Historic Main Street taken on May 8th that shows the street slowly coming back to life with five restaurants and thirty shops open as of this weekend.
Hope you are well and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions about life in Park City as you plan your summer, and maybe a visit or two out to our beautiful mountain town.