Vail Daily letter: Inconvenienced in Avon
July 15, 2010
Although I certainly applaud keeping our kids active and healthy, and I try to support every sports event that comes to the valley, I have to seriously question the necessity of inconveniencing 2,500 residents of West Beaver Creek Boulevard from 6-11a.m. for any race. The event didn’t even start till 7:30 and when I walked through Nottingham Park at 7:15-7:30, I saw not one kid or anything resembling the start of the race.
Actually, the bike portion of the race, which precluded vehicular use of the street didn’t start till probably 9.
When I called the Avon police about it, the officer I spoke to said he didn’t realize the closure would be that extensive but that since the public works department was handling it, he couldn’t offer any alternative.
A friend of mine is a firefighter and he said they were awakened at 5 a.m. on Sunday morning by a public works employee who said the street in front of the station would be closed so they may want to station the trucks over by the Westin in case they needed to get out for an emergency.
Now what kind of sense does that make and why were they not notified till 5 a.m. on the morning of the event?
I think this is the second year Avon has hosted this event and I realize the closure was advertised well in advance, but I think they need to give some serious consideration to routing it differently next year. This is why we put so much money into parks, people! At the very least, one lane of traffic should be available to residents.
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