Eagle-Vail pool talk turns to annexation | VailDaily.com

Eagle-Vail pool talk turns to annexation

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

What they decided: No

Who they talked to: Eagle-Vail Metro District President John Nichols and land planner Rick Pyleman

What they talked about: As a part of it’s neighborhood improvement plan, Eagle-Vail is rebuilding its neighborhood pool. The cost is about $4 million, and neighborhood officials asked the town of Vail to pitch in $1 million.

In return, Vail residents would get discounted privileges to the pool, and Vail would not have to worry about building a community pool in the future, Nichols said.

The facilities would have a six-lane lap pool, children’s wading pool with a spray park and slide, as well as meeting and barbecue areas. The project is slated start this summer and be open summer 2010.

However, town council members said that in light of tough economic times, they didn’t want to invest the money ” especially with so many expenses within Vail.

“I have a problem coming up with $1 million to send to Eagle-Vail when we have so many problems on our golf course and rec facilities,” said councilman Farrow Hitt.

Also, Vail might still need to build it’s own pool in the future, said Councilwoman Margaret Rogers.

“If it is truly something that will satisfy our need for a pool, it needs to be much bigger,” she said.

While the council wasn’t interested in helping build the pool, members said they wanted to explore the idea of annexing Eagle-Vail, which is an unincorporated neighborhood.

What’s next? Nichols said the neighborhood will continue looking for funding partners. Eagle-Vail has already approached Eagle County for help, but the funds got cut as the budget was pared down.

A “smaller, more modest” pool could still be built without outside help, Pyleman said.

And will Eagle-Vail consider becoming part of Vail? Nichols said the suggestion completely surprised him, and that it is the first time the idea has come up.

“It’s not under discussion at this time,” he said.


taff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.

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