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It’s May, but there’s still plenty to do in Vail

Rick tenBraakVail, CO, Colorado

With Mothers Day coming up tomorrow, an early Happy Mothers Day to all you moms! The Vail Chamber & Business Association is pleased to announce our newest member, Lucca Derdan Ferzacca, who was born April 30. Congratulations to Vail Chamber board president Lourdes Ferzacca and her husband Paul, owners of La Tour restaurant, on their new arrival.La Tour restaurant is one of the featured restaurants in the Vail Chamber & Business Association cookbook, Vail Cooks… for You! The cookbook is a compilation of recipes from some of the world-renowned chefs that are here in the Vail area. The book makes for a great gift idea for Mothers Day. Cookbooks cost $29. To buy one, please contact us at 970-477-0075.There are also some other things happening around Vail that you might not know about. In green business news, the town of Vail has been able to recycle some of the lodgepole pines that were removed as part of the Vail Valley Forest Health Project by having local woodworker Wolfgang Opel turn them into benches. These benches are available to the for purchase by contacting Wolfgang at 970-376-6552 or visiting his Web site The Vail Village parking structure was due to be cleaned May 4, but due to wet weather that cleaning has been rescheduled to May 11. Crews will begin washing the structure at 6 a.m. Monday. This will limit parking spaces, and overflow parking will be directed to Ford Park, the soccer field and the Lionshead parking structure.For all you kayakers, Vails Whitewater Park at Gore Creek Promenade will be ready for fun starting Monday, when the spring runoff is anticipated to reach flows of 100 cubic feet per second. The park is an adjustable wave that has a computer-controlled system which will read the water level each morning and then make automatic adjustments to produce the best wave possible. Kayakers are asked to park in the village parking structure, or to simply stop and enjoy the wave as they float through. The Vail skate park will be opening on top of the Lionshead Parking Structure May 22. This will be the third year of the skate park, and there are multiple skate structures, including a half pipe. Managed by the Vail Recreation District, the skate park will be open from dawn till dusk each day through mid-October. Helmets are required, and bikes arent allowed. Many of the activities that Vail will have to offer this summer are starting to take place. The Vail Chamber & Business Association is a communication channel between the merchant community, Vail Resorts and the town. For information about how your business can become involved with the Vail chamber, call 970-477-0075 or e-mail Based in Vail Village, our office is located in the transportation center. Our doors are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. feel free to stop in and say hi!Rich tenBraak is the executive director of the Vail Chamber & Business Association. He can be reached at 970-477-005 or by e-mail at

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