$9.4 million talks begin | VailDaily.com

$9.4 million talks begin

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Less than a week after voters approved three projects utilizing the $9.4 million conference center fund, work is already under way.

Town Manager Stan Zemler told the Vail Town Council on Tuesday that some of the soil studies, or geo-technical work, are happening already at Ford Park, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and the Vail Golf Clubhouse.

The town of Vail and Vail Recreation District also are joining forces with Jack Hunn, a former Vail Resorts employee who has been hired by the Vail Valley Foundation to put together requests for proposals for architecture, landscaping and more. Zemler said some of those requests have already been put together, so the town and the Recreation District are drafting addendums in order to get proposals for some kind of collaborative first phase of construction.

The first phase would have to follow the current Ford Park master plan, and amendments to that plan would have to happen before a second phase, Zemler said.

The first phase idea is to work on the Ford Park bathrooms at the recreation fields, the entryway to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the storage facility at the west side of the west softball field and the wall that has to go up at the southwest edge of the softball complex. The work planned for the Ford Amphitheater also would happen during the first phase.

There would not be work on the fields themselves or the irrigation in 2012, Zemler said.

The golf clubhouse, however, would likely have to wait until 2013 for construction work because it still needs to be designed, agreed upon and approved by the town’s various boards.

Mayor Andy Daly said he’d like to see that process move a little faster, if possible, in order to get the clubhouse ready by the 2013 summer season.

Zemler will report back to the council at its next meeting to talk about allocating money to spend on the projects. He’ll also update members on the request-for-proposals process and the scheduling of the projects.

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com.

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