Avon mall grand opening slated for Friday evening

AVON — The town of Avon will celebrate the opening of the Main Street Mall and Possibility Plaza on Friday from 4-7 p.m. The Grant Farm Band featuring Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone will be on stage for a free outdoor concert. Avon’s first winter market will be open with food, trappings, crafts, drinks, free hot cocoa (while supplies last) and performance art filling out the community gathering.

“I am constantly approached by Avon citizens and residents of the Vail Valley who share with me how impressed and pleased they are with Avon’s recent capital improvements and investments in special events this past year,” said Mayor Jennie Fancher. “Most pronounced is our spectacular new pedestrian mall, which begins in the center of town and connects to the Recreation Center. This dynamic community place has been seven years in the making and to be able to celebrate its completion during the Birds of Prey weekend is both thrilling and rewarding.”

The town has recently installed a new 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships monument in the most central roundabout on Avon Road, which marks the importance of the east Avon restaurant and retail center and to the west Avon’s dominant lodging base, including the new Wyndham Hotel, pedestrian mall, recreation center, library, Nottingham Park and performance pavilion. New LED streetlights have been installed on Avon Road to improve safety and energy efficiency, and a major segment of the regional trail has also been constructed this year along the road.

Possibility Plaza

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The celebration will emanate from Possibility Plaza, which is the primary plaza of the new mall just east of the Wyndham. Traveling west the, mall features 17 bronze statues, climbing boulders and the Carrie Fell mural at the Seasons building. The pedestrian mall connects to Avon’s Transit Center and Westin gondola via Lettuce Shed Lane, with direct access to restaurants, businesses and Avon’s new town hall.

The grand opening is a precursor to the 13 days of Apres Avon, which will be held daily from 2-5:30 p.m. during the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships.

Call Susan Fairweather at 970-748-4072 for more information.

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