Anyone who knows Park City knows that one of the town’s gems is the Park Meadows neighborhood. This neighborhood truly seems to have it all, and it borders many iconic and varied areas of town. Older ranch homes mix with more contemporary builds. The area looks upon nearby mountaintops such as the well-known “PC Hill”, and tall trees line the streets. Gorgeous summer gardens give way to a fun mix of spirited holiday light displays in the winter. What’s not to love about Park Meadows? Let’s explore.
Park Meadows is located within the city limits. The south side of Park Meadows borders the campus of the Park City High School, Treasure Mountain Middle School and McPolin Elementary.
Surrounding the schools there are a number of sports fields. Each September, the Back 40 soccer field is headquarters to one of the year’s must-see events, the Autumn Aloft Hot Air Balloon Festival. This festival celebrates the Autumn season and a general “air” of carefree exuberance.
Park Avenue borders to the west. The neighborhood “rounds” out by sharing a border (and multiple trail access points) with the Round Valley open space and trail network to the north and east.
Golf and Recreation
The Park Meadows Country Club (PMCC), featuring the popular Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, is the heart of Park Meadows. Many homes in Park Meadows either border the golf course or have views over the course to the ski resorts. It’s a great neighborhood anchor, providing acres of open space, water features and a home to Park City’s wildlife. The PMGCC clubhouse is undergoing a major interior renovation the summer of 2017. With a recently hired new executive chef and Club Manager, the club continues to improve to serve its members.
Park Meadows is also home to the PC MARC (Municipal Athletic and Recreation Center), a public fitness facility like no other. Easily accessed on foot, bike or scooter, residents of all ages can enjoy the summer pools, year-round tennis facilities and a wide variety of health and fitness classes. The facility doubles as a popular venue during the Sundance Film Festival held each year in January.
Trail heads are scattered around the perimeter of Park Meadows. The climb up to the PC Hill is a steep but picturesque jaunt. There is also The Cove trail head which is a beautiful and less strenuous climb into the Round Valley area. Round Valley is designated as an off-leash dog area which makes this neighborhood excellent for animal lovers.
Trails may be accessed in the winter with snowshoes or nordic skis — though once it’s packed out, shoes with good traction will suffice. The east side of Park Meadows is bordered by a paved trail along a steam where moose and deer like to visit. If you head South on this trail you will find a small playground called Creekside Park.
Park Meadows has great accessibility to both Old Town Park City, Prospector and the Kimball Junction area. There is a year-round bus route through the neighborhood (free) and a paved trail system, albeit intermittent, that can take you and your bike anywhere if you have patience, strong legs and are in the mood for an adventure.
Park Meadows real estate has exploded in value, with median home prices rising 20% between the first quarter of 2016 and 2017. (Currently, single family listings are priced from $869,000 to $9M). Full time and vacation owners alike enjoy Park Meadows’ easy access to the best of Park City. Homes and townhomes in Park Meadows are larger than those located in the Historic District and there is more elbow room between neighbors. Many of the homes enjoy large yards and excellent views. The PMCC provides a sense of community even for those who spend short amounts of time in Park City. Last year, I purchased in a condominium in Park Meadows. I am a true believer in the long term value and quality of life in this neighborhood.