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Vail Memorial Park dedicated today

Daily Staff Writer

Daily Staff ReportVAIL – A new era in Vail’s history begins today. That era doesn’t have anything to do with snow sports golf, or expensive real estate. Instead, the town today unveils a spot for eternal repose, the Vail Memorial Park.The park, which has been in the talking and planning stages for the better part of 20 years, was finally constructed this year. To mark the occasion, the park will officially open today at 11 a.m.”A few people will speak and we’ll have a bagpiper to play,” said park director Chip Domke.While the park is a final resting place, it isn’t a cemetery in the strict sense of the word. No casket burials are permitted, with only cremated remains accepted at the park. Remains can be spread in the mostly-natural setting near Gore Creek or urns can be buried beneath commemorative flagstone pavers. A stone wall with inscribed stones is also available, as are benches and memorial trees.The 11-acre site can accommodate between 4,000 and 5,000 such memorial stones, while the park will be kept as close to its natural state as possible. Landscaping will be limited to keeping weeds down and the flagstone pavers readable.Pricing is set at three levels: The lowest is for Vail residents, or former residents who lived in town for at least five years at some point; next is for Eagle County residents; and the highest rates are charged to everyone else.==============Vail Memorial Park dedicationWhen: 11 a.m. todayWhere: The park. Go to the East Vail exit and follow the signsFor more information: call Vail Memorial Park Director Chip Domke at 476-3400, or go to http://www.vailmemorialpark.org =======================


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