Vail clarifies overflow parking rules
July 15, 2010
VAIL, Colorado – The town of Vail is attempting to add some predictability to its managed parking programs this summer, including use of the South Frontage Road for free overflow parking. The town has established three scenarios when parking will be permitted on the Frontage Road to accommodate the many special events occurring throughout the season.
During events taking place at Ford Park, $5 close-in parking at Ford Park will be filled first, then free parking at the Vail Village parking structure. Once the Vail Village parking structure is full, free Frontage Road parking west of Blue Cow Chute will be available. The free in-town shuttle will be extended to the soccer field for transportation to and from the event. The town has identified more than 46 peak days during the summer when multiple events will be taking place at Ford Park with close-in paid parking available. To view a list of the peak days, visit the town’s website at http://www.vailgov.com.
During events taking place at a particular site other than Ford Park, such as the Vail Farmers’ Market, the closest parking structure will be filled first with free parking, then free overflow parking will be permitted on the Frontage Road. The free in-town shuttle will service the areas, but will be re-routed to portions of the Frontage Road as dictated by the event. In addition to the Vail Farmers’ Market, other events requiring this managed parking scenario include the La Sportiva 10K Trail Running race on Vail Mountain, with access via Lionshead on Aug. 15 and Colorado Grand in Lionshead on Sept. 16 and 17.
During events when both villages have activities under way and when peak visitation is anticipated, such as the Fourth of July, both parking free structures will be filled first, then free overflow parking will be permitted on the Frontage Road. Free buses will service temporary stops east of Ford Park as traffic demands. In addition to the July 4 holiday, the town will implement this managed parking scenario for the Lionshead Oktoberfest, Sept. 10-12; Vail Automotive Classic on Sept. 12; and Oktoberfest in Vail Village, Sept. 17-19.
Vail Parking and Transit Manager Mike Rose says the three parking scenarios are intended to meet the town’s goals to maximize guest attendance at events, minimize the distance a guest must travel to an event, provide adequate transportation to and from an event, ensure that parking and the pedestrian experience are done in the safest manner possible, and most of all, to maximize the guest’s experience.
Variable message signs and parking hosts will be used to convey information about the parking scenarios, according to Rose.
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Vail hosts over 300 summer events and activities each year, including the Vail America Days celebration, Teva Mountain Games, Hot Summer Nights, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Vail Dance Festival, Oktoberfest and sporting events.
For more information on the Frontage Road parking scenarios, call Rose at 479-2349.