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Vail conference funds projects in full speed

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Design work on renovations at the Vail Golf Course clubhouse and Ford Park are underway, but direction given by Vail Town Council members Tuesday proves there’s a lot more work to be done.

The projects, which voters approved last November to utilize part of the $9.4 million town conference center fund, are set to get underway this fall.

Councilwoman Margaret Rogers was concerned that the Vail Golf Course clubhouse remodel designs shown Tuesday don’t “look like anything we told the voters they were going to get.”

Town Manager Stan Zemler told Rogers she might be making a quick judgment on the preliminary design plans – “This is not going to be anything like the building there today,” Zemler said.

Early designs for Ford Park’s phase one construction, which include a new restroom/concession building, new restroom/maintenance building, an outfield retaining wall and improvements to both east and west Betty Ford Way, also faced more questions from council members.

Members questioned everything from whether the concession stand would be open and used enough to warrant its costs to what the options are for sound proofing the athletic fields in order to prevent noise spilling over into the Ford Amphitheater. There are also questions about both projects regarding budget – estimates show there are budget shortfalls with the projects, and the council will have to weigh several options for how to cover the shortfalls, including determining how much project partners such as the Vail Valley Foundation will contribute.

Those topics will be further discussed at an upcoming council meeting once staff gathers answers to council members’ questions.

The golf clubhouse’s town entitlement process is set to continue through September. Mayor Andy Daly suggested scheduling an evening meeting in early July so the council can gather more public input on the designs.

Construction on Ford Park phase one, however, is on a faster pace, with work scheduled to begin as early as August.

Phase one is set to be completed by June 1 of next year.

Phases two and three, which include realigning the athletic fields, adding fencing, making circulation improvements, improving parking and drop-off areas and lighting and electrical upgrades, have not yet been scheduled.

Assistant Managing Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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