Wasatch And Park City Reach Agreement On Bonanza Parking Lot

Wasatch County and Park City are continuing to work on relations in an unusual situation. That being that the city owns Bonanza Flat, a piece of property outside their boundaries in Wasatch County.

Wasatch County Manager Mike Davis says that the recent upgrades made to the road to guardsman pass were done as a necessity.

“We have been getting so much traffic up there there’s safety issues,” Davis said. “We actually had a death up there a couple years ago, and there’s a large lawsuit on that. A lot of the project that was done—it already had some paving on it, it wasn’t good paving but—the guardrails and the things that were put in with that were the bigger part of the project to try and make the road safer. We share the concern that when you build it, they come, but we also had the concern of if we don’t keep it safe, we have the potential of hurting people. Now with the popularity of the Bonanza Flat area—which has just grown exponentially the last two years since the acquisition by Park City—we have more people than ever up there. So, we’re just trying to keep it safe. There are no plans to make it bigger or faster and we hope that that will work out well.”

Park City Municipal proposed a parking lot in the Bonanza Flats area. Approval for the parking lot from Wasatch County has taken some time, Davis says that’s just because of due process.

“We require a development agreement with the permits as they’re done,” Davis explained. “The only thing that we need for that agreement was that any gates that are put up would be gates that emergency personnel could get through in case of an emergency in Brighton Estates or anywhere else. That we can get access with emergency vehicles. Really, that was the only issue. Park City is fine with that. Actually, all the agreements have been signed and everything is done as far as I know.”

Davis says that Park City is looking for an understanding agreement between the city and the county. The understanding would be that if Wasatch County were to ever consider expanding the road near Bonanza in the future that Park City would be invited to discuss that. Davis said they have no plans to expand the road and they’re happy to agree to Park City’s request.

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Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.