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Vail Parks Available for Gatherings, Events and Programs

If you’re looking to host a gathering in any of Vail’s parks, they’re available for your use on a first-come, first-served basis. The Town of Vail owns, manages and maintains 8 neighborhood parks, 2 community parks, (Ford Park and Donovan Park) and numerous pocket parks. In addition, Vail’s custom designed playgrounds at many of the parks are enjoyed by people of all ages.

Vail's Parks, Recreation and Open Space

For a multitude of activities, Ford Park includes amenities such as the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Tennis Center, athletic field, picnic areas, half-court basketball and a custom play area. In addition, you can enjoy the open space next to the playground, the picnic tables under the shelter and the Moroles sculpture area, all located at the lower bench of Ford Park. There are many recreation and event opportunities to take advantage of in Ford Park as well. Contact the following groups for programming information:

  • Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, 970-476-0103 (botanical gardens, education center, tours)
  • Vail Recreation District, 970-479-2280 (events at athletic fields); Tennis Center, 970-479-2294 (youth and adult lessons and leagues)
  • Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, 970-777-2015 for special programming and Vail Valley Foundation and Bravo! Vail events Box Office, 970-845-8497 (concerts and dance festival)
  • Vail Nature Center, 970-479-2291 (youth and adult programs, tours, and events) 

Please note the Town of Vail has an open container law that prohibits alcohol consumption in its parks and on public rights-of-way without proper State of Colorado alcohol permits. For more information about summertime in Vail, visit

Safety Reminders for Your Best Friend
Dogs are a big part of the mountain lifestyle and are considered a member of the family by many. When you’re out enjoying Vail, please remember to control your dog. Within the Town of Vail, dogs must be on a leash in Vail Village, Lionshead Mall, on all bike paths and in all the town parks except for Bighorn and Stephens parks. Both Bighorn and Stephens parks are dog friendly parks and dogs may be off their leash and controlled by voice command, with the exception of the playground areas. Remember to always clean up after your dog. Dog waste left in the environment transmits bacteria such as E. coli into Gore Creek. Pet pickup bags are provided throughout town for your convenience, but never leave home without one! Also, never leave a dog left unattended, especially inside a vehicle. During the warmer months, that temperature can rapidly increase threatening the health and safety of your animal. Even with the windows down, the temperature can be up to 20 degrees hotter than the outside. Please leave your pet at home rather than risk a dangerous and regrettable circumstance.

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