Vail skate park work ends for winter
VAIL — Construction of Vail’s new skate park at the Lionshead parking structure is well on its way toward completion after breaking ground Aug. 4. The poured concrete in the park’s main area, half pipe and mini bowl is in place, as are the rails and other skating features.
California Skateparks and the other contractors have wrapped up construction activities for the winter season. They will return to the project on April 11 to complete the remaining work. This includes safety netting, lighting, painting and concrete staining and sealing. The park must remain covered in the plastic sheeting to prevent excessive water from entering the joints in the concrete.
Included in the spring construction will be the installation of four mosaic murals by artist Valerie Theberge. Selected from more than 50 artists, Theberge is creating large compositions inspired by skating which will be installed on each side of both stair towers.
“I developed the pieces for maximum visibility to have a distinctive visual effect from both inside the park and from above looking down from the parking garage,” Theberge said. “The lines in the murals mimic the flow and movement of skateboarding ramps and jumps and there is a sense of fluidity and movement that parallels the floating sensation of skateboarding.”
The park will remain closed throughout the winter until the remaining work is completed by early June.
The new skate park replaces the temporary wooden ramps that were installed on the upper deck of the Lionshead structure over the past several years.
The old structure has been donated to the town of Eagle where it will be reconfigured and installed as a permanent skate park.
The cost of Vail’s new skate park is approximately $1.9 million, with an additional $130,000 for art and landscaping to create an attractive and inviting space for all guests and residents to Vail.