Vail wants to study Ford Park parking |

Vail wants to study Ford Park parking

VAIL, Colorado “The town of Vail is soliciting proposals to help create a feasibility study for expanded public parking at Ford Park.

The study would include:

– Identification of the most feasible and cost-effective public parking locations;

– Identification of any losses or gains in recreational or cultural opportunities;

– Projections of the new public parking space numbers;

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– Constructability analysis;

– Construction cost estimates;

– Traffic impacts;

– Frontage Road access/improvement analysis; and

– Potential funding sources.

Responses to the town’s request for proposals are due by noon April 6. A copy of the request for proposals is available on the town’s Web site at

The 39-acre Ford Park is Vail is home to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens; Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater; Vail Nature Center; Vail Tennis Center; Vail Recreation District offices; sports leagues, tournaments and camps; as well as Art in Public Places displays and programs; and typical neighborhood park activities.

In addition, the park serves as a venue for large special events and includes 194 surface parking spaces at the park, plus 73 additional spaces at the soccer field which are used year-round.

The town’s draft Transportation Master Plan update recommends the addition of 400 net new parking spaces in the short-term and 1,000 net new spaces in the long-term with possible sites to include Ford Park, Lionshead parking structure expansion and the Ever Vail development site in West Lionshead.

The timetable for the Ford Park feasibility study calls for selection of a project team in April with completion of the work by the end of October.

For more information, call Todd Oppenheimer in the town’s public works department at 479-2161.

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