Installation of Vail’s temporary skatepark begins next week |

Installation of Vail’s temporary skatepark begins next week

VAIL — Reassembly of Vail’s temporary skatepark on the top deck of the Lionshead parking structure will be taking place beginning Thursday and will be ready for use on or before May 22, depending on the weather.

This is the ninth and likely to be the last year for the seasonal installation as designs for a new, permanent park are taking place with construction tentatively scheduled for the fall should the project receive final approval. The current park was constructed by Hazard County Construction of Georgia and includes a half-pipe, pyramid, multiple ramps, transitions, rails and banks, including features for younger or less experienced riders to hone their skills.

Once installed, the skatepark will again be managed by the Vail Recreation District and will be open from dawn to dusk each day through mid-October. The VRD also will offer Skateboard Clinics on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon for ages 7 to 14 and noon to 1 p.m. for ages 4 to 6, throughout the summer beginning June 9. Look for more information about skateboard competitions once summer starts. Helmets will be required for all park users; bikes and scooters are not permitted.

Meanwhile, a design workshop will be taking place from 6 to 8 p.m. May 13 at the Grand View on the third floor of the Lionshead Welcome Center to gather ideas for Vail’s new skatepark. The permanent park is being designed and built by California Skateparks, one of the world’s premier skatepark builders. The park will be built in the unused space between the parking decks in Lionshead.

For more information, call Todd Oppenheimer, the town’s capital projects manager, at 970-479-2161 or email

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