Overnight public parking in Vail will remain free throughout the summer as the town continues to scale its operations to adjust to the public health crisis. Vehicles may remain parked in the Vail Village and Lionshead garages for up to 72 hours, as well as the Red Sandstone garage on the North Frontage Road. Paid overnight parking was implemented during the 2018 summer season to increase available parking spaces during the day. However, due to the pandemic, the town is adjusting its operations to reflect a decrease in parking demand and reductions in seasonal staffing.
An overview of construction activity in Vail.
Limited public access to the Vail Municipal building, Vail Public Library and other town offices and facilities will be available beginning Monday, June 1 as part of a phased plan to provide restricted in-person services to customers and guests. The transition will require members of the public and employees to wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing as well as occupancy requirements when conducting business in the buildings.
The children’s play area at Stephens Park in West Vail will be closed beginning the week of May 25 while the playground undergoes a renovation over the next several months. Stephen’s Park is located in the Intermountain Neighborhood at 2470 S. Frontage Road. Access to other facilities within the park, including the off-leash dog area, parking and public restrooms, will remain accessible throughout the renovation.
Eagle County Public Health and Environment is updating the county’s Public Health Order regarding COVID-19. In alignment with the county’s Transition Trail Map, the move to the “Blue” Phase is anticipated to take place on Monday, May 25.
An update on the town’s efforts to explore an alternative path to the approved Booth Heights development in East Vail will be presented to the Vail Town Council during its afternoon meeting on Tuesday, May 19. The item is listed as 2.1 on the virtual meeting agenda which begins at 1:45 p.m. The meeting will be live streamed at www.highfivemedia.org/live-five.
Work is underway to create the next iteration of Eagle County’s public health order in response to COVID-19. In alignment with the county’s Transition Trail Map, the transition to the “Blue” Phase will loosen some restrictions that have been in place since April 27. As some restrictions are rolled back, Eagle County officials note the importance of residents and business leaders continuing to meet social distancing requirements.
Beginning the week of May 18, the Town of Vail will establish two distribution points for free sand material and empty bags for residents and merchants who wish to safeguard their property from the possibility of high water. Sand and bags will be available at the parking lot near the Interstate 70 interchange in East Vail and at the North Trail parking lot in West Vail. Residents should bring a shovel and be prepared to fill their own bags while supplies last. Contractors are asked to make their own arrangements for sandbags for commercial construction projects.
Due to high demand for the dumpsters provided as a courtesy by the Town of Vail for residents to utilize in place of the annual community wide clean-up and big item pick up this year, the town will extend the time the free dumpsters are available.
Crews hired by the Town of Vail will be milling and repaving East Lionshead Circle and West Lionshead Circle beginning Monday, May 18. The work will be taking place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and will continue to May 29, weather dependent. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane with flaggers during work hours.
In place of an annual Sustainable Landscape Workshop, the Vail Environmental Sustainability Department has organized a free webinar series on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Town of Vail, Eagle River Water & Sanitation District and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, this webinar series will teach landscapers and property owners how to maintain a beautiful landscape while conserving water, creating habitat for native animals and beneficial insects, and reducing dependence on landscaping chemicals.
The Climate Action Collaborative for the Eagle County Community has launched a commuter study for Eagle County residents. The survey will be used to understand how the local workforce normally commutes around the county so transportation options can be improved to make them better and easier for everyone.