Briefs: How can Vail park be improved?
VAIL, Colorado People who play in Red Sandstone Park are being asked what new features should be added. The town is planning to renovate the North Frontage Road park, which was built in the 1980s. Residents can give the town their ideas at an opening house meeting Tuesdasy from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers at Town Hall. The town wants to make the park safer and replace worn-out equipment. Vail has been upgrading its nine parks since 2000, and only Red Sandstone and Booth Creek park havent been improved. Playground designers will have examples of park equipment at the meeting. Those who attend will also be asked to fill out brief questionnaire about their ideas for the park. Community members unable to attend can fill out a questionnaire online at http://www.vailgov.com. For more information, contact Gregg Barrie, town of Vail landscape architect, at 479-2337.
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado There are openings on the Eagle County Planning Commission and the Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission.The boards review and make recommendations on development proposals to the Eagle County Board of Commissioners. Heres a chance to participate in the shaping and implementation of a vision for your community, said Keith Montag, community development director for Eagle County. These commissions and boards are actively involved in the Eagle County land use decision-making process, and afford an excellent opportunity to serve the public and become involved in the future of Eagle County.To apply, send a letter of interest to the Eagle County Community Development Department, P. O. Box 179, Eagle, CO 81631. Applications are online at http://www.eaglecounty.us. The deadline to apply is Feb. 25.
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado Residents having trouble paying their winter heating bill can get assistance from the Colorado Department of Human Services Low-income Energy Assistance Program, also known as LEAP.The program recently received an $8.1 million from the federal government. We know there are over 200,000 people in our state that meet our income requirements, so the need is out there. This increase in funding ensures that all eligible Coloradans can receive the gift of warmth, said Scott Barnette, LEAP Director. Families with children, individuals with special needs and senior citizens are among the most vulnerable to excessive temperatures, said Kathy Lyons, self-sufficiency manager for Eagle County Health & Human Services A home can receive only one subsidy, or the entire season. Factors such as income, the type of heat being used and number of people in the household are considered before an amount is awarded to an applicant. Applications may be picked up from any of three county office locations in Avon, Eagle and El Jebel. Forms are also available for downloading until April 30 from http://www.cdhs.state.co.us/leap. For more information, contact Eagle County Department of Human Services at 328-8840, or call Heat Help at 1-866-432-8435 to request an application by mail.
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado The Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness received a $10,000 grant to remove noxious weeds from popular wilderness areas in Eagle and Summit County.Much of the money will be used around the Piney River area, said John Taylor, a board member for the Friends of the Eagles Next Wilderness.Noxious weeds, such as oxeye daisy, yellow toadflax, musk and Canada thistle, arent native to the area, meaning no animals naturally eat them, Taylor said. They grow out of control, push out other plants and can be toxic. Thats why its important to remove them, he said.The Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness will begin spraying the weeds this summer. The grant comes from the National Forest Foundation Ski Conservation Fund.
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