Town of Vail sponsors neighborhood picnics, July 25 and Aug. 15 |

Town of Vail sponsors neighborhood picnics, July 25 and Aug. 15

Daily staff report

VAIL — The town of Vail will hold its annual Celebrating Community neighborhood picnic series Tuesday, July 25, at Bighorn Park in East Vail and Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Donovan Pavilion in West Vail. Each picnic will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with free food and drink provided by the town on a first-come, first-served basis.

The picnics provide community members with an opportunity to offer comments and suggestions about various topics and to meet members of the Vail Town Council and town staff. New this year will be a children’s activity area sponsored by the Vail Recreation District.

Members of the Town Council and representatives from the Public Works, Finance and Administration departments will host the July 25 picnic at Bighorn Park. Representatives from the Vail Recreation District and Vail Mountain also will be on hand to greet picnickers and introduce themselves.

During the event, picnickers can learn more about the town’s pilot program to increase ridership this summer on town buses. Also, information about an online survey focusing on the short-term rental market will be available, as well as information about wildfire preparedness, including evacuation planning.

Staff from the Police, Fire, Library and Community Development departments, as well as representatives from the Vail Recreation District and Vail Mountain, will join the Vail Town Council as hosts of the Aug. 15 picnic at Donovan Pavilion. A drawing for two free emergency preparedness kits will take place from among entries collected from both picnics. An update on the Restore the Gore campaign, including resources for homeowners, native seed mixes and other information also will be available.

Both picnics will feature information on wildfire preparedness and updates on the construction schedule for the Interstate 70 Vail Underpass project. Representatives from the Vail Local Housing Authority and the Housing Team from within the Community Development Department will be available to talk about the benefits and opportunities afforded by the recently adopted VailINDEED employee housing unit deed restriction program and answer questions from the public.

A noxious weed display and information on how to manage invasive species will be presented, and a pocket guide listing free and discounted services available to community members will be distributed for reference year-round.

This is the 18th consecutive year for the picnics. In addition to the two neighborhood gatherings, residents are encouraged to share their ideas, concerns and suggestions at any time by emailing the Town Council at The town’s website at includes information on town topics and projects, as well as Facebook and Twitter links and email links and phone numbers for all departments.

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