Vail community picnics scheduled | VailDaily.com

Vail community picnics scheduled

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VAIL — The town of Vail's 17th Celebrating Community annual neighborhood picnic series returns Tuesday to Bighorn Park in East Vail and Aug. 9 to Donovan Pavilion in West Vail. Each picnic will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free food and drink provided by the town on a first-come, first-served basis. The picnics provide community members with an opportunity to offer comments and suggestions about various topics and to meet members of the Vail Town Council and town staff.

Hosting the picnic at Bighorn Park on Tuesday will be members of the Town Council and representatives from the police, fire and finance departments. During the event, picnickers will be encouraged to explore displays on how best to develop a family evacuation plan. Also at the picnic, information on wildfire readiness will be available as well as the Restore the Gore environmental campaign.

Joining the Town Council as hosts of the Aug. 9 picnic at Donovan Pavilion will be staff from the public works, community development, library and administration departments. During this picnic, a drawing for two free emergency preparedness kits will take place from among entries collected from both picnics. In addition, information about the town's upcoming 50th birthday party on Aug. 23 will be provided, The library's new fundraisers will also be introduced — 50th birthday coffee and chocolate.

In conjunction with the Aug. 9 picnic, the police and fire departments will conduct a voluntary evacuation drill in the nearby Matterhorn and Highland Meadows neighborhoods. Residents of these neighborhoods will be encouraged to participate in the drill and join their neighbors for lunch at the picnic immediately following the exercise.

Featured during both picnics will be updates on the construction schedule for the Interstate 70 Vail underpass project as well as discussions with prospective home buyers to help shape the planning for the town's development of the Chamonix property behind the West Vail fire station. Also, town staff will be on hand with a noxious weed display and information on how to manage invasive species.

In addition to the two neighborhood gatherings, citizens are encouraged to share their ideas, concerns and suggestions at any time by emailing the Town Council at towncouncil@vailgov.com. Also, the town's website at www.vailgov.com includes information on town topics and projects as well as email links and phone numbers for all departments.