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Vail Town Council to review Booth Creek Park plan

VAIL — A final review of design elements to be included in the renovation of Booth Creek Park will be presented to the Vail Town Council on Tuesday. The review will include a site visit to the park during the afternoon work session to be followed by a discussion at the evening meeting. The item is listed fifth on the evening meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers with opportunities for public comment.

During the discussion, the Town Council will be asked to review and approve a final list of park amenities to be reviewed for inclusion in the preliminary design and layout of the park. The list is based on the collective discussion that has occurred since April of last year.

During a review on Aug. 5, members of the Town Council asked that a site visit be scheduled to help determine if the project should include consideration a second bridge to accommodate a soft surface walking path through the Booth Creek stream tract. The staff is recommending inclusion of a second bridge approximately 200 feet upstream of the existing crossing.

Other Design Components

Other design components recommended for additional review include:

• Natural areas.

• Parallel parking on Manns Ranch Road.

• Looped paved path using the existing bike path. This would also be the accessible route through the park.

• Soft surface pathways within the natural areas with interpretive signs as appropriate.

• Open turf grass area as a significant design element.

• Double, hard-surface, post-tensioned concrete tennis court.

• Playground with natural elements and artistic components.

• Limited number of fitness/exercise equipment sensitively placed throughout the park.

• Public restroom, two-stall, three-season, accessible and sensitive to the natural setting.

• Picnic shelter for two to three picnic tables with other picnic tables, benches and bike racks throughout the park.

• Other small park amenities, such as horseshoes or tetherball, as may be accommodated without over developing the site.

Once the design elements have been approved for Booth Creek Park, the next steps in the process will be the development of a preliminary design concept for review and comment by the Town Council and community.

Located at 2900 Manns Ranch Road in East Vail, Booth Creek Park is the last of Vail’s six neighborhood parks in line for a major renovation. The town has budgeted $2.4 million over the next four years to improve the quality, character and functionality of the park to be consistent with the types of recreation facilities available in Vail’s other neighborhood parks.

For more information, contact Todd Oppenheimer, capital project manage and landscape architect, at 970-479-2161 or toppenheimer@vailgov.com. To forward comments to the Town Council in advance of the meeting, email towncouncil@vailgov.com


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