Park City prepares bash to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 2002 Winter Olympics

The Olympic Welcome Plaza at the intersection of Kearns Boulevard and SR 224.
Park Record File Photo

Park City plans to hold a past Winter Olympics in February.

And in April the community wants to celebrate the games in 2022.

Two Olympic-related events will be held in Park City in the coming months. February will mark the 20th anniversary of the 2002 Winter Olympics, and Park City is expected to be one of the places to commemorate that year’s Games. An Olympic parade is planned in the city in April, weeks after the Beijing Winter Olympics ended.

Limited details were released about the two events. The Historic Park City Alliance, a group representing the interests of businesses on Main Street, provided information in materials distributed in advance of a meeting of the organization’s board of directors.

According to the Historic Park City Alliance materials, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the 2002 Games, the event is scheduled for February 12 from 2pm to 6pm. The materials indicate that the gathering will include a livestream of the Olympic competitions in China.

Athletes who participated in the 2002 Games will greet the crowd. There will also be sports demonstrations and the popular Olympic activity of pin trading. Details of the athletes who wish to participate were not included in the materials, but some of them are related to the Park City area.

The materials did not provide any information about the scope of the event or an expected amount. However, they stated that one day – February 10th – is set aside for loading and building the necessary infrastructure, while the next day is set aside for approval. The day after the event is reserved for the setup to be removed. The multi-day schedule indicates the likelihood that the event will be of considerable magnitude.

It almost seems certain that the event will be the largest in Park City for the 2002 Games since its 10th anniversary in 2012. This year’s event was largely similar to what is described in the Historic Park City Alliance materials, although there were no Olympics at the time of this gathering, as it is scheduled for February.

The Park City area hosted approximately half of the competitions during the 2002 Olympics. Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and the Utah Olympic Park were major competition venues. Main Street was converted into a pedestrianized street that attracted large crowds and became one of the most popular places to celebrate the Games. The community’s Olympic heritage continues to be a pride of many Parkites, and there are a variety of physical memories of the Games, such as the Olympic Welcome Plaza at the intersection of Park Avenue and Kearns Boulevard.

More details about the event are expected to be revealed during the City Hall’s approval process for the event.

The Historic Park City Alliance materials also highlight an event scheduled for April 1, designed to highlight Utah-related athletes who participated in the Beijing Winter Olympics, as well as athletes from previous games. A Main Street Parade is expected to anchor the event.

The Anniversary Event and the 2022 Games Athletes Celebration event will take place around the time it is expected that efforts to hold a second Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and the wider Olympic Region will increase. The International Olympic Committee is expected to look after the selection of a host for the 2030 Winter Olympics after the Beijing Games are over. Salt Lake City sees an opportunity to be selected for these games. The Park City area plays a significant role in promoting Salt Lake City for additional games.

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