Park City Rail Trail Master Plan

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What’s Going On?

Park City, while working with the community and stakeholders, is developing a Rail Trail Master Plan to create a vision for the Rail Trail (between Bonanza Drive and SR-248 east of US-40), identifying safety and use improvements. Recommendations may also consider additional trail connectivity, environmental enhancements, mobility improvements, alternative transportation and related amenities. Your participation and feedback will help us understand how the Rail Trail is used today, and what could make it more useful in the future. The Rail Trail Master Plan is a key initiative of the Sustainability and Transportation Planning departments.

Project Timeline

This project began in Fall 2021. We started gathering public feedback in October and November 2021, and will work through the winter to analyze technical information and develop ideas for future improvements on this section of the Rail Trail. We expect to refine these ideas throughout spring 2022, and will have an opportunity for the public to provide feedback in mid-spring 2022. Following that public feedback period, we hope to have projects ready for implementation by June 2022.

Open House #2 Summary

The second open house for this project took place on April 20, 2022, at the Prospector Park City. Open houses are opportunities for interested community members to learn about and engage with the project.

The purpose of this event was to provide an update on what’s happened since the last open house in November 2022, what we’ve heard from the community, present potential ideas and recommendations for the Rail Trail based on what you’ve told us so far, and hear from you and gather your thoughts on these potential ideas and recommendations.

This event drew 50-60 members of the public who provided feedback and comments on potential amenities, proposed trail cross-sections, and how important each of these ideas and recommendations was to them.

We received nearly 200 comments from participants that enforced the recurring themes we’ve heard from the community regarding user safety and comfort, additional wayfinding and interpretive signage, additional opportunities to sit and rest with shade structures, connecting to key destinations, and preserving the natural habitat along the Rail Trail. Input also included:

  • People supported separating uses such as pedestrians and bikers but had concerns about the proposed 25’ width of asphalt as noted in the presented cross-section.
  • People were supportive of the Wag’n Path as a means to provide additional separation of uses and as a means of allowing off-leash dog activity.
  • People wanted clear and effective enforcement of etiquette and off-leash dogs,
  • People wanted to keep the Rail Trail as natural as possible, preferring no lighting or very low-level lighting placed only at intersections or trailheads.

Participants were also asked how important each of the proposed ideas and recommendations were to them. Many felt that widening the trail, grooming the trail for winter use, and improved trail crossings and street crossings were high priorities, whereas dark-sky-friendly trail lighting, electronic trail counters, and trail signage adoption programs were low priorities.

The feedback received at the open house will help Park City and the project team identify and refine the plan for the Rail Trail.

Survey

Park City Rail Trail Corridor Plan Online Community Survey Results

Intro

Community engagement has been an important part of this project since the beginning. This section of the Rail Trail (between Bonanza Drive and SR-248 east of US-40) is a key part of the neighborhoods and businesses in Park City. The community’s input will shape the Rail Trail by helping to identify improvements for the trail itself and better connecting the trail to the communities around it.

The latest in a series of outreach efforts is an online public survey to help understand how the Rail Trail is used, what could make it more useful, and who is (or not) using the trail today. The survey was conducted in both English and Spanish and was available online between January 12 and February 14, 2022. Overall, 1,034 total respondents took the survey. Of those, 97% indicated that they had previously been on the Rail Trail.

Of those who had been on the Rail Trail

Respondents indicated that they used the Rail Trail less in the winter than they did the rest of the year. Most used the Rail Trail for recreation and exercise, but many said they used it to get to other trails or parks. Many respondents walk, bike, or drive to the Rail Trail, while others get there by other means, including horses, rollerblading, roller skiing, and cross-country skiing. Once there, the primary modes of transportation included walking, biking (this includes commuter, mountain, and e-bike), cross-country skis, and snowshoes. The trail is being accessed at various locations, including Round Valley, Prospector, White Pine/Iron Horse, and Bonanza.

When asked what amenities they want to experience along the Rail Trail, respondents indicated a preference for the following (from highest demand to lowest demand):

Overall, respondents wanted to see more connections made, including at Quinn’s Junction, Park City Heights, and Jordanelle. In addition, many felt that design features such as signage and striping, overcrossings/bridges, and separating the trail by mode would help improve the overall experience.

For those who had never been on the trail

The 3% who had never been on the Rail Trail before stated that some common barriers they encountered were the lack of trail access from where they are, no available parking in locations where they would typically access the trail, and that the trail lacks important amenities. They felt that amenities such as directional/wayfinding signage, restrooms, trash, and dog waste stations would encourage them to try the Rail Trail.

Other Comments

When asked what other feedback people had about the Rail Trail, about 47% of all people who took the survey responded with thoughts and suggestions for recreational amenities, community development, environmental enhancements, or mobility improvements. Many comments included a desire to keep the Rail Trail as natural as possible, improve ongoing trail maintenance, and create more connections. In addition, there were strong themes around signage regarding trail etiquette, and separating paths by mode.

For more information on the results of this survey, check out the summary PDF here.

Recent Events

Park City hosted a public open house for the project on Wednesday November 17, 2021, at the Prospector Park City. The event drew between 50-60 members of the public, who were asked to share their ideas for potential improvements and enhancements on this section of the Rail Trail.

Attendees also reacted to a wide range of possible amenities that could be accommodated on the trail, from waste receptacles to restroom facilities to bike parks. We received over 200 comments during the open house and we heard some recurring themes:

  • People want to feel safe using the trail, and this might mean separating different kinds of user groups on the trail or enforcement of rules and regulations
  • Wayfinding signage would be helpful so people can more easily orient themselves on the trail, connect to other trail networks, and find points of interest along the trail
  • Trail users enjoy the interpretive signs located along the trail and might like to see more of this educational content
  • People want more opportunities to sit and rest along the trail, so benches may be a helpful amenity in some key locations
  • Trail users want to be able to connect easily to key destinations along the trail
  • The natural habitat along the trail is very important to trail users, who would like to see it preserved

People were also asked to share what they valued most about the Rail Trail. This information will help shape goals and objectives for the Rail Trail Corridor Plan.

Some dogs also came to provide their feedback.

The feedback received at the open house will help Park City and the project team develop ideas and concepts for improvement along the Rail Trail, which will be shown to the public in Spring 2022.

How Can I Get Involved?

  • Subscribe to Park City’s social media and/or newsletter for engagement notifications.
  • Create a bookmark to this page to get regular updates and find project information.
  • Contact the project’s public outreach manager, Kathrine Skollingsberg, at Fehr & Peers (k.skoll@fehrandpeers.com), with questions, comments, or to be added to the email list.

en español

What’s Going On?

Park City, while working with the community and stakeholders, is developing a Rail Trail Master Plan to create a vision for the Rail Trail (between Bonanza Drive and SR-248 east of US-40), identifying safety and use improvements. Recommendations may also consider additional trail connectivity, environmental enhancements, mobility improvements, alternative transportation and related amenities. Your participation and feedback will help us understand how the Rail Trail is used today, and what could make it more useful in the future. The Rail Trail Master Plan is a key initiative of the Sustainability and Transportation Planning departments.

Project Timeline

This project began in Fall 2021. We started gathering public feedback in October and November 2021, and will work through the winter to analyze technical information and develop ideas for future improvements on this section of the Rail Trail. We expect to refine these ideas throughout spring 2022, and will have an opportunity for the public to provide feedback in mid-spring 2022. Following that public feedback period, we hope to have projects ready for implementation by June 2022.

Open House #2 Summary

The second open house for this project took place on April 20, 2022, at the Prospector Park City. Open houses are opportunities for interested community members to learn about and engage with the project.

The purpose of this event was to provide an update on what’s happened since the last open house in November 2022, what we’ve heard from the community, present potential ideas and recommendations for the Rail Trail based on what you’ve told us so far, and hear from you and gather your thoughts on these potential ideas and recommendations.

This event drew 50-60 members of the public who provided feedback and comments on potential amenities, proposed trail cross-sections, and how important each of these ideas and recommendations was to them.

We received nearly 200 comments from participants that enforced the recurring themes we’ve heard from the community regarding user safety and comfort, additional wayfinding and interpretive signage, additional opportunities to sit and rest with shade structures, connecting to key destinations, and preserving the natural habitat along the Rail Trail. Input also included:

  • People supported separating uses such as pedestrians and bikers but had concerns about the proposed 25’ width of asphalt as noted in the presented cross-section.
  • People were supportive of the Wag’n Path as a means to provide additional separation of uses and as a means of allowing off-leash dog activity.
  • People wanted clear and effective enforcement of etiquette and off-leash dogs,
  • People wanted to keep the Rail Trail as natural as possible, preferring no lighting or very low-level lighting placed only at intersections or trailheads.

Participants were also asked how important each of the proposed ideas and recommendations were to them. Many felt that widening the trail, grooming the trail for winter use, and improved trail crossings and street crossings were high priorities, whereas dark-sky-friendly trail lighting, electronic trail counters, and trail signage adoption programs were low priorities.

The feedback received at the open house will help Park City and the project team identify and refine the plan for the Rail Trail.

Survey

Park City Rail Trail Corridor Plan Online Community Survey Results

Intro

Community engagement has been an important part of this project since the beginning. This section of the Rail Trail (between Bonanza Drive and SR-248 east of US-40) is a key part of the neighborhoods and businesses in Park City. The community’s input will shape the Rail Trail by helping to identify improvements for the trail itself and better connecting the trail to the communities around it.

The latest in a series of outreach efforts is an online public survey to help understand how the Rail Trail is used, what could make it more useful, and who is (or not) using the trail today. The survey was conducted in both English and Spanish and was available online between January 12 and February 14, 2022. Overall, 1,034 total respondents took the survey. Of those, 97% indicated that they had previously been on the Rail Trail.

Of those who had been on the Rail Trail

Respondents indicated that they used the Rail Trail less in the winter than they did the rest of the year. Most used the Rail Trail for recreation and exercise, but many said they used it to get to other trails or parks. Many respondents walk, bike, or drive to the Rail Trail, while others get there by other means, including horses, rollerblading, roller skiing, and cross-country skiing. Once there, the primary modes of transportation included walking, biking (this includes commuter, mountain, and e-bike), cross-country skis, and snowshoes. The trail is being accessed at various locations, including Round Valley, Prospector, White Pine/Iron Horse, and Bonanza.

When asked what amenities they want to experience along the Rail Trail, respondents indicated a preference for the following (from highest demand to lowest demand):

Overall, respondents wanted to see more connections made, including at Quinn’s Junction, Park City Heights, and Jordanelle. In addition, many felt that design features such as signage and striping, overcrossings/bridges, and separating the trail by mode would help improve the overall experience.

For those who had never been on the trail

The 3% who had never been on the Rail Trail before stated that some common barriers they encountered were the lack of trail access from where they are, no available parking in locations where they would typically access the trail, and that the trail lacks important amenities. They felt that amenities such as directional/wayfinding signage, restrooms, trash, and dog waste stations would encourage them to try the Rail Trail.

Other Comments

When asked what other feedback people had about the Rail Trail, about 47% of all people who took the survey responded with thoughts and suggestions for recreational amenities, community development, environmental enhancements, or mobility improvements. Many comments included a desire to keep the Rail Trail as natural as possible, improve ongoing trail maintenance, and create more connections. In addition, there were strong themes around signage regarding trail etiquette, and separating paths by mode.

For more information on the results of this survey, check out the summary PDF here.

Recent Events

Park City hosted a public open house for the project on Wednesday November 17, 2021, at the Prospector Park City. The event drew between 50-60 members of the public, who were asked to share their ideas for potential improvements and enhancements on this section of the Rail Trail.

Attendees also reacted to a wide range of possible amenities that could be accommodated on the trail, from waste receptacles to restroom facilities to bike parks. We received over 200 comments during the open house and we heard some recurring themes:

  • People want to feel safe using the trail, and this might mean separating different kinds of user groups on the trail or enforcement of rules and regulations
  • Wayfinding signage would be helpful so people can more easily orient themselves on the trail, connect to other trail networks, and find points of interest along the trail
  • Trail users enjoy the interpretive signs located along the trail and might like to see more of this educational content
  • People want more opportunities to sit and rest along the trail, so benches may be a helpful amenity in some key locations
  • Trail users want to be able to connect easily to key destinations along the trail
  • The natural habitat along the trail is very important to trail users, who would like to see it preserved

People were also asked to share what they valued most about the Rail Trail. This information will help shape goals and objectives for the Rail Trail Corridor Plan.

Some dogs also came to provide their feedback.

The feedback received at the open house will help Park City and the project team develop ideas and concepts for improvement along the Rail Trail, which will be shown to the public in Spring 2022.

How Can I Get Involved?

  • Subscribe to Park City’s social media and/or newsletter for engagement notifications.
  • Create a bookmark to this page to get regular updates and find project information.
  • Contact the project’s public outreach manager, Kathrine Skollingsberg, at Fehr & Peers (k.skoll@fehrandpeers.com), with questions, comments, or to be added to the email list.

Rail Trail Master Plan Q&A

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    leave it alone! it's been that way forever! If anything put a pit house bathroom.

    olive asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback. We value your input.

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    What is the actual plan, if any, for maintaining a smooth trail surface? Erosion of pavement, and cracks, and tar snakes make the trail unsafe for skiers trying to skate during summer months. Uneven surfaces also impar runners and those pushing strollers. Public Safety should always be #1 priority. While spending money on amenities(as noted in the survey summary) and other niceties is fine, let's please first and foremost focus on trail "quality" for all users.

    Skate2Ski asked 2 months ago

    Yes, repaving and continuing a higher, more frequent level of maintenance is recommended as part of the Rail Trail's improvements.

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    I love the idea of a gondola or some type of tram but honestly, since it used to be the rail trail, why not build some type of rail/tram system that is low key/enviortmentally friendly. And has a few key stops along the way. Such as PC Mountain/main street/DV etc...I would say it could also go to a bus hub but people will be more apt to travel on public transportation if it's easy. If you make it too hard, then they wont. Also love the idea of expansion but one lane should be used for locals/workers must get in/out of town easly. ...and maybe they get access to a special card that they would have to pay for each year or month?

    Kelly asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question, Kelly. This project is only exploring non-motorized improvements.

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    Are there plans to fix both trail entrances off of Richardson Flat road? The gates force riders off the pavement, where they then have to negotiate a tricky lip to return to the pavement. This has caused a number of crashes. Pavement needs to be extended in the pass-through area, or the gates replaced with center post, as are used on most other trail access points. Thanks.

    SteveB asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your questions, Steve. Yes, there are plans to improve the Rail Trail entrances off of Richardson Flat road.

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    I use the trail just about everyday...avg 6-7 days. And every day there are unleashed dogs. It's unsafe for people AND the dogs. Also, most of the time cyclists with road bikes or ebikes are going at reasonable speeds to be ssfe, but on occasion they are going too fast...almost racing. Please consider the safety when developing the Rsil Trail.

    Walking4life asked 2 months ago

    The recommendation provides for similar pavement width and an additional soft surface area adjacent for walkers. Additionally, we recommend using the adjacent pathway to the south as an off leash area and enforce the leash law on the Rail Trail.

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    I would like to hear results and what is planned. I missed the fall planning and will also miss the spring planning. To whom should I send my thoughts?

    Syd Reed asked 2 months ago

    We will be presenting the DRAFT recommendations to Planning Commission on June 22. We will be posting the meeting information and slides from the presentation here on this page, and meeting information will also be available at parkcity.org. 

    You may also provide feedback here or by emailing hdeters@parkcity.org.

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    So i read through the PDF. I am trying to understand if we have a known problem we are trying to solve with Rail Trail or if you guys are just bored and looking for something to muck up. 1) why should tax payers pay for dog bags? 36% of parkites have dogs but 100% have to pay for dog bags? 2) restrooms... NO. we dont need any more focus on public water, public waste, tax payer money. Pee before you go. come on 3) what is WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITES (is that code for Trash cans?). Sure put 1 somewhere not everywhere 4) NO SEPARATE PATHS FOR EACH MODE. let things be 5) NO nature signs. Just more tax payer waste. You have some down by Home depot. I think I am the only one who has ever read it. 6) NO ACCESS TO FOOD. GO TO THE STORE. Do not add more crap along the way 7) NO TRAIL LIGHTING. PLEASE DONT MESS UP THE NIGHT SKY!!!! 8) Seating - sure...throw a few benches every other mile or 3. 9) No Ecological or cultural EXHIBITS. NO WASTING MONEY. My god you are in a beautiful city...just look around and use your eyeballs on existing natural exhibits... 10) bike fixit stations are what you call "pull over and get off the pavement and fix your bike" 11) ART - THE ENTIRE TRAIL IS ART. STOP SCREWING AROUND FOLKS 12) ebike charging stations... NOPE. that means electricity has to be run...that means tax payer dollars. If you are dumb enough to not charge your bike...then running out of juice and walking back is a valuable lesson. We need to teach more valuable lessons vs. hold everyone's hands 13) what on earth is an ALL AGE BICYLE playground. See above. The entire trail is an all age playground. 14) Interactive Educational Features - Please no. Again...go for a walk and bring a National Geographic Magazine to sit on one of the new benches we are installing - or go chase a duck...thats interactive 15) interactive music exhibit. We have one on another trail. I think i am the only one that plays it or some 4, 5, and 8 year olds once every blue moon. LET NATURE BE YOUR INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT. Maybe bite a rock!! thats interactive 16) Skipped. That is the BEST ONE. Folks, just like every other GOVERNMENT USA...they create problems so we can create solutions. We spend Tax payer money like it grows on trees. How about with whatever secret money you have Fill the pot holes Give it back to the tax payers The trail is perfect. Its freshly paved. It has a lot of places to go. Just let it be!! please stop creating more crap for the City Thank you, and have an amazing tomorrow!

    crowbob asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We value your input.

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    Just a few comments for discussion and pondering. It should be noted, I did attend and share these views at the open house. 1. The width seems extreme. One would think it will lead to more citizen policing and conflict amount users. Please reconsider this, maybe a foot or two wider hard surface at a maximum and then a 2 foot soft area extension on the south side for walkers wanting to separate. Certianly in favor of a complete resurface and line enhancement. 2. reconsider the boardwalks by the "wetlands." I'm not clear what the objectives are for these or how they came into play. 3. Regarding the wetlands. There is a strong likelihood they will be minimally wet, if not mostly dry/mud once the Silver Creek flow is turned off. Is there really going to be an increase of water allotted from the Park Meadows flow? I would be in favor of understanding this flow prior to approving boardwalks to go look at mud ponds. Is there historical data on what the wetland area looked like even before the Prospector neighborhood was built (probably not good with the tailing, but hopefully you're seeing the point of understanding what it looked like naturally). 4. If it is determined there will be an effort to preserve water flow to the wetlands somehow, which seems really difficult as we face drought conditions yet again this year, then maybe boardwalks should be on the table for discussion. Generally, please keep the general feel of the Rail Trail in place. We don't need any more bigger, better, faster...we really need to try to maintain some of our past, and the quaint vibes that made PC so appealing in the first place. This is a lot, but the Post-It notes don't provide enough area for the residents to give a heart-felt input on this project.

    Jride asked about 2 months ago

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    Will you please ask elders in the community or people who are recovering from injury or surgery how far apart to place benches?

    Dee Downing asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your suggestion. We value your input.

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    Does Park City have an appetite for the rest of the trail? I know the county has shown some interest.

    Dick Stoner asked 7 months ago

    It would be most appropriate for Basin Recreation and/or Summit County to address other Rail Trail mileage, which they are currently exploring.

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