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Roof of Vail’s Dobson Arena to stay put

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
Vail Daily file photoThis is a view from the Vail International Condominiums building's second floor of the new Dobson Ice Arena's roof. Some comments about the new roof are that it is shinier and larger than before.

VAIL – The town of Vail isn’t going to paint or replace the bright new Dobson Ice Arena roof that has angered nearby residents, but Town Council members want to at least look at some ways they could be a good neighbor.

The roof, which was installed last summer, went through the town’s Design Review Board process and was selected above other design materials and colors.

Local residents, specifically in the Vail International Condominiums building, which overlooks the arena, thought the public notices about the process weren’t enough and say they never knew negotiations for a new roof were underway last year until the roof was installed and it was too late.

The Town Council talked about alternatives at its Tuesday work session, but acknowledged that options like replacing the roof or painting it a darker color are out of the question for several reasons, including that a roof modification would void the 30-year warranty from the roof’s manufacturer.

Replacing the roof, which would cost anywhere from $600,000 to $750,000, is simply not an option available in the town’s budget, said Mayor Dick Cleveland.

Councilman Andy Daly suggested the town look at lower-tech options, like draping a net over the roof that would camouflage the reflectiveness, in order to try and appease local residents as best as possible. Another idea town staff plans to look at is whether tinting the windows in the affected condominiums would be something residents would consider.

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at or 970-748-2983.

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