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Avon looks into parking’s future

Lauren Glendenning
Avon, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado ” Beaver Creek Resort has no immediate plans to start charging guests for parking at the base of the mountain, but that doesn’t mean officials in Avon, Colorado aren’t thinking about it.

If Beaver Creek’s free parking lots started charging, Avon Town Manager Larry Brooks said the town would have a lot of work to do.

The town sits right next to the parking lots ” lots that have been getting more and more crowded in recent years, Brooks said.

“I think we really need to work together on what the next 10 years are going to involve,” he said.

When the Beaver Creek free parking fills up, it has two options. There’s an agreement with Magnus Linholm, the Traer Creek property owner, to park up to 500 cars at his property next to the summer rodeo site.

Resort officials also work with the Colorado State Patrol on identifying days when overflow parking onto Highway 6 is needed ” this season there are 16 specific designated days, said Tony O’Rourke, executive director of the Beaver Creek Resort Company.

“Due to these proactive measures we can avoid adversely impacting the town of Avon,” O’Rourke said via e-mail.

As development continues, both within the town and at the Resort, Brooks hopes the two can eventually develop some kind of transportation district or partnership. Brooks would like to see expanded bus service between the mountain and the town throughout the year.

Developing a district means someone would have to pay for it. That would be a question for the voters, but Brooks said town officials and Beaver Creek officials “owe it to ourselves to have those conversations.”

While Beaver Creek doesn’t have plans to charge for parking in the free lots, Brooks fears that the town will inherit a skier parker problem if it does. Between the city streets and shopping plazas throughout town, he thinks skiers would look for ways to keep parking for free.

“We have to figure out how to accommodate our mutual guests,” he said.

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

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