News briefs: America Days parade entries due June 23 |

News briefs: America Days parade entries due June 23

VAIL — Entries for Vail’s annual Fourth of July parade are currently being accepted by event organizers and are due by 5 p.m. on June 23. The parade will start at Golden Peak at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 4, and will wind its way through Vail Village, ending in Lionshead. The theme for the parade is “Vail Welcomes the World,” in recognition of the international appeal of Vail, which draws guests from all over the globe.

Vail’s parade is one of the most popular events during the Independence Day holiday, attracting thousands of spectators. Application forms are available at the town of Vail Municipal Building or at http://www.vail Entries will be judged in six categories: youth, marching, motorized, merchant/business, float and most distinguished. Fees vary from $50 for a nonprofit to $200 for a business entry.

The parade will begin at Golden Peak and continue west to Hanson Ranch Road, north on Bridge Street, west on Gore Creek Drive, north across the International Bridge, west along Meadow Drive and finally through the Lionshead Mall to the finish. Volunteers are needed to help organizers keep the parade moving. Duties include holding balloons, carrying banners and assisting with traffic. Contact Highline at 970-476-6797, ext. 725, or send an email to jeff.seme@ for more details.

The Vail America Days celebration will feature spectacular fireworks at Golden Peak, classic town parade and an open-air street festival atmosphere. In addition, there will be other events happening throughout the weekend, including the Patriotic Concert and the Solaris Plaza festival.

This year’s parade will be limited to the first 60 entries to submit complete applications.

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Town offers free mulch

The town of Vail is offering residents a limited amount of free mulch for placement around trees and shrubs or other garden locations. Mulch helps conserve water by decreasing soil temperatures and the amount of soil exposed to wind and sun. The mulch is available at the town’s public works facility, located at 1309 Elkhorn Drive, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents must load their own trucks and provide their own buckets and shovels.

The town’s supply of wood chip mulch comes from recycled Christmas trees. To check availability, call the town’s public works department at 970-479-2158.


Skate park installation begins next week

Reassembly of Vail’s skate park on the top deck of the Lionshead parking structure will be taking place starting Monday and will be ready for use on or before May 30.

This is the eighth year for the seasonal installation which is occurring a few weeks later than in previous years due to schedule conflicts. The park’s elements were constructed by Hazard County Construction of Georgia and include a halfpipe, pyramid, multiple ramps, transitions, rails and banks, as well as features for younger or less experienced riders to hone their skills.

The skate park will again be managed by the Vail Recreation District and will be open from dawn to dusk each day through mid-October. The VRD will also offer skateboard clinics on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon for ages 7 to 14, and noon to 1 p.m. for ages 4 to 6, throughout the summer, beginning June 10. Look for more information about skateboard competitions once summer starts.

Helmets will be required for all park users; bikes and scooters are not permitted. For more information, contact Todd Oppenheimer, the town’s capital projects manager, at 970-479-2161.

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