VAIL, Colorado - Beginning with the Battle Mountain High School graduation ceremony at the Ford Amphitheater today, followed by the Teva Mountain Games next week and continuing throughout the summer, Vail's free parking program will again make use of available spaces in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures before allowing cars to park on the frontage road. The return of the summer parking plan follows implementation of a pilot program last summer that was well received by the community. -
During graduation today, the parking lots at Ford Park and the soccer field will be available for free public parking, as well as the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures. An express bus will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the South Frontage Road with service to Lionshead, Vail Village and Ford Park. The express bus stops are located at the new Lionshead Transit Center, the north side of the Vail Village Visitor Center and at Ford Park. Also today, the in-town bus route will be extended to the soccer field between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to assist with event transportation needs.
Participants and spectators attending next week's Teva Mountain Games, May 31-June 3, will be directed to the parking structures using variable message signs. The top decks of the structures will be reserved for vehicles with roof racks carrying bikes and kayaks. The Ford Park and soccer field surface lots also will be used to park cars exceeding the parking structure height restrictions. Overflow parking on the South Frontage Road will be allowed once both parking structures are full. Express bus service on the frontage road and an extension of the in-town bus route will also be used during the games as well as other events during the summer. Details on passenger drop-off locations, express bus stops and schedules will be updated regularly on vaileventparking.com.
As in the past, summer parking will remain free in the town's structures with the continuation of paid parking at Ford Park on peak days. New this year is an increase in the parking fee at Ford Park from $5 per vehicle to $10.