Ford Park plan review continues Tuesday |

Ford Park plan review continues Tuesday

Daily staff report

VAIL — The Vail Town Council will continue its review of a new master planning document for Ford Park during its evening meeting on Tuesday. The item is listed seventh on the meeting agenda which begins with an early start of 4 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with opportunities for public comment on the topic.

The 2013 Gerald R. Ford Park Master Plan will include components of the park’s previous documents from 1974, 1985, 1997 and 2012 as well as an updated list of allowed uses and prohibited uses in the park. It will also include a boundary line delineating the upper bench of the park from the lower bench and sub-areas within the two benches which will identify suitable uses for each sub-area. The plan will discuss limiting additional structures on the lower bench of the park and the idea of expanding the boundary of Ford Park to the west along Gore Creek to Slifer Square and the opportunity for improvements to the pedestrian path from Vail Village to Ford Park. This is a departure from the park’s management plan amended in 2012, which caused the Town Council to withdraw its consent to proceed through the development review process for construction of additional improvements proposed for the lower bench, including construction of an education center for the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Council members asked that the Ford Park planning documents be consolidated and updated before moving forward with future development applications.

Tuesday’s discussion will complete the Town Council’s initial review of the proposed goals, objectives and policies for the future planning of Ford Park. Next steps include preparation of a master plan amendment application to be submitted to the Planning and Environmental Commission for review and a recommendation. The PEC is tentatively scheduled to review the application at its June 10 meeting with consideration and adoption by the Town Council later in June or early July.

For more information, including background information on the topic, visit the town’s website at or contact Community Development Director George Ruther at 479-2145. Comments may be forwarded to the Town Council in advance of the meeting at

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