Town of Vail unveils new features at Booth Creek Park in East Vail, June 6
VAIL — A grand opening ceremony for Booth Creek Park is set for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, to celebrate completion of a three-year, $2.4 million renovation funded by the town. Members of the Vail Town Council will be on hand to join with community members to introduce the park’s new features and recognize those responsible for the undertaking.
Construction began in April 2016 and includes a new children’s playground featuring an artistic boulder climber and an Art in Public Places component created by artist Andy Dufford of Chevo Studios in Denver. Concepts for the play structures were inspired by models and drawings created by local children during a town-sponsored workshop.
Other features of the park include a picnic pavilion, restrooms, turf grass play area, paved walkways, 11 on-street parking spaces and two hard-surface tennis courts that will be maintained by the Vail Recreation District.
The three-acre park was designed by town of Vail landscape architect and capital project manager Todd Oppenheimer, with support from senior landscape architect Gregg Barrie and Art in Public Places coordinator Molly Eppard. Construction documents were produced by Design Workshop, JVA Engineering and Darby Architects. The park was built by local general contractor RA Nelson.
Mayor Dave Chapin said the park’s renovation is stunning.
“It’s hard to believe this is the same piece of property that existed before,” Chapin said. “The wow factor here is unbelievable. Our kudos to the neighborhood for working with us from concept to completion to produce such a wonderful amenity for the neighborhood and the entire community.”
Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:15 a.m., the town will host a picnic lunch in the park, located at 2900 Manns Ranch Road in East Vail. Consider taking the bus, walk or ride a bike to the celebration, as parking is limited.
Booth Creek is one of nine neighborhood parks in Vail, with each featuring hand-crafted play structures.
For more information, call Oppenheimer at 970-479-2161.
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