Park City readies Olympic anniversary bash with pin trading, Beijing broadcast, sports demonstrations

Revelers celebrate in Park City during the 2002 Winter Olympics.
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Park City plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 2002 Winter Olympics with activities such as pin trading, a giant video board broadcasting this year’s games in China and fire pits in the old city.

Similar to the celebration in the community during 2002 itself.

Early in the week City Hall announced details of an event scheduled for February 12 to celebrate the anniversary. The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation is holding the ceremony, scheduled to take place at Bob Wells Plaza in Swede Alley from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.



It has long been expected that Park City will hold some kind of significant event in honor of the anniversary, but details were not widely announced until the release of information from the City Council in anticipation of the Park City Council meeting scheduled for Thursday.

Some of the highlights of the event will include:



• Video board showing competitions in China and footage from the 2002 Olympics

Over 10 to 15 fire pits, which organizers say will be similar to those used as heating stations in 2002

• Mascots from the 2002 Games

• Opportunities to meet and greet with the athletes who competed in 2002. A list of the athletes was not provided as part of the information to elected officials, but there are many athletes with close ties to the Park City area and elsewhere in Utah

• Offers for winter sports such as curling and hockey

• Unspecified participation by the George Eccles 2002 Winter Olympics Museum located in the Utah Olympic Park

Olympic-themed banners will be placed on the main streetlight poles.

The event is expected to be the biggest celebration of the 2002 Olympics since the 10th anniversary a decade ago. The Park City area was crucial to the Games, with the Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and Utah Olympic Park all being important competition venues. Main Street was one of the best spots to celebrate the games, attracting large crowds of revelers.

The anniversary will also begin in the midst of the Games in China, with Salt Lake City and the wider Olympic region vying to host a second Olympics early in the event in 2030. The 2030 Games are expected to be the next tournament awarded by the International Olympic Committee, possibly in later in 2022.

The post detailing City Hall’s February 12 celebration says the parking lot at Bob Wells Plaza will be closed due to the event. Loading and setup is planned for February 10, followed by release the next day. The installation will be removed the day after the event. The information indicates that City Hall employees have the authority to approve the event through an administrative process, which means that a vote by the City Council is not required for approval.

Mayor Nan Worrell and City Council are scheduled to discuss the event Thursday at a meeting scheduled to begin at 4:50 p.m. The meeting will be held by default. More information is available on the City Hall website, parkcity.org. The direct link to the meeting agenda can be found here.

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