Vail picks pickleball plan Tuesday |

Vail picks pickleball plan Tuesday

Daily staff report

VAIL — A public hearing will be held during Tuesday’s Vail Town Council meeting to provide direction on future improvements to the Golden Peak Racquet Sports Facility, located at 461 Vail Valley Drive. The item is listed tenth on the meeting agenda, which begins at 5:15 p.m. at Town Hall.

The discussion follows a site visit to the courts, held Oct. 20, during which council members experienced the growing sport of pickleball and evaluated potential neighborhood impacts while hearing from others about the need to retain hard-surface tennis courts.

The Golden Peak courts are in need of reconstruction and currently include one full tennis court and four pickleball courts. The recently adopted 2016 town budget includes a $1 million line-item for improvements at the facility. Options include the conversion to six permanent pickleball courts or reconstruction of the current combination. The project would also include a proposal for 12 parking spaces on Chalet Road and improvements for disabled facility users.

The courts are owned by the town and operated by the Vail Recreation District. The town’s 2016 budget also incudes $2 million for renovation of Booth Creek Park, which includes two new tennis courts which will be available for play in the fall of 2016. The council had determined earlier to remove pickleball from a list of potential future uses at Booth Creek Park.

Following Tuesday’s direction by the council, the project will be designed and submitted for review by the town’s development review boards with construction beginning spring 2016.

To comment in advance of the public hearing, email the Vail Town Council,

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