Aging Vail rec facilities get a boost |

Aging Vail rec facilities get a boost

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Daily file photoThe golf course in Vail, Colorado is going to get a new irrigation system and tee boxes, and some older bridges will be replaced.

VAIL, Colorado ” Vail, Colorado’s golf course, parks, tennis courts and other recreation facilities will be in better shape thanks to funding from the town of Vail and the Vail Recreation District.

The maintenance and improvements, which the town and rec district have agreed to fund jointly over the next 10 years, include a new $3.2-million watering system for the Vail Golf Course, repairs and maintenance to the aging clubhouse, replacing the bridges and tee boxes on the course, repairs to the tennis courts, and a new roof and other building maintenance on Dobson Ice Arena.

The Vail Golf Course Clubhouse and Youth Services area in the Lionshead parking garage will be made more accessible to the disabled in order to be compliant with the American with Disabilities Act.

Much of the work outlined in the plan has been defined by a study done in 2006-2007 that made recommendations on immediate and long-term maintenance and replacement needs for the rec district’s facilities.

The Vail Recreation District, which is funded by property taxes and is separate form the town, leases most of the facilities from the town, but in the past, it wasn’t clear who was responsible for the upkeep of the facilities, said Jamie Wilson Gunion, marketing director for the rec district.

As a result, many of the facilities, such as the bathrooms at Ford Park, and the parking lots at the park and golf course, are in need of repairs, said Vail Public Works Director Greg Hall.

The town and rec district reached an agreement last year that they would make a detailed plan to better care for the town’s facilities.

“The agreement is less like a tenant and landlord agreement and more like a partnership,” said Mike Ortiz, executive director for the rec district. “The agreements pave the way for the organizations to work together and do what is best for Vail.”

And while much of the work done through the partnership won’t be obvious to the public, Hall said the improvements will be noticeable in the long-run.

The clubhouse, for example, needs new boiler and plumbing systems, and eventually the town and district may decide to rebuild it, Hall said.

Also, some of the bridges on the course are getting pretty old, and some of the tee boxes are falling down. The tennis courts at Golden Peak and Ford Park are also cracking and need to be resealed, and the fences need to be replaced.

The agreement to share the costs, which was made official by the Vail Town Council last week, is a big step in cooperation for the town and rec district, officials said.

Previously, the relationship between the entities was “tenuous,” but now they’re on their way to forming a strong partnership, Gunion said.

Hall also admitted there were some problems in the past.

“It’s much better now ” definitely as far as cooperation and moving forward and not looking backwards,” he said.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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