Community garden meeting is Thursday in Vail |

Community garden meeting is Thursday in Vail

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – An informational meeting for anyone who’d like to become involved in Vail’s community garden project has been scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday in the Town of Vail Community Development Department offices, 75 S. Frontage Road.

The meeting will be used to organize a volunteer working group which will help establish goals, a timeline, costs and design concepts. The work will be facilitated by Kristen Bertuglia, the town’s environmental sustainability coordinator, with help from Todd Oppenheimer, the town’s capital projects manager.

Bertuglia has been collecting the names of more than a dozen volunteers following a request by the Town Council to explore the current level of community interest. The concept was last explored in 2000 when a proposal to create 25 garden plots on the western portion of Stephens Park, located west of the Kinnikinnick Road bridge at 2470 S. Frontage Rd., was withdrawn prior to review by the Planning and Environmental Commission. A community garden on the town-owned property would require a conditional use permit.— –

Renewed interest in a Vail community garden at Stephens Park has been expressed by neighborhood residents as well as a growing interest in local, sustainable food sources from restaurant owners and residents, according to Bertuglia. Interested gardeners are asked to contact her at 477-3455 or e-mail

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