Vail: Fort Collins company to study Ford Park parking
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado -The town of Vail has hired a Fort Collins company to study building parking and additional facilities at Ford Park.
A planning team from EDAW/AECOM, a company specializing in large-scale park planning and design projects, will do a feasibility study on the possible improvements.
The firm was chosen by a review committee with representatives from the town and the Vail recommendation district. The company was chosen from 16 firms.
The town plans to pay the firm $206,148 to do work that will include identifying the most feasible and cost effective public parking locations, how much parking can be added and what recreation or cultural opportunities that might be lost.
The firm will also look at how the improvements could be funded, how the South Frontage Road could be improved along with the project, and how improvements would affect traffic.
The study is scheduled to be completed by the end of November. –
The company’s team has done similar studies on parks in Colorado Springs, Lakewood, Greeley, and Tucson, Ariz., said Todd Oppenheimer, who will serve as the town’s project manager.
Ford Park is Vail’s largest recreation facility. Within its 39-acres, the park contains the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, the Vail Nature Center, outdoor art exhibits, three softball fields, eight tennis courts, a soccer field, bike paths, picnic tables, a children’s playground and public parking.
For more information, contact Oppenheimer in the town’s public works department at 479-2161.
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