Vail’s Solaris to charge $22 for parking
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – While $25 has been the going rate for parking in Vail Village in recent years, skiers will have an early-season chance to save $3 a day beginning Friday.
Solaris, the new residential and retail development on Meadow Drive in Vail Village, announced Wednesday that its parking rate for the early season is $22 for the day. Solaris developer Peter Knobel said the rate also includes a free draft beer at Bol the following day for those who present their paid parking ticket from the day before.
The rate will, however, go up at some point this winter, and Knobel said he isn’t yet sure how much it will increase.
Solaris Sales Director Craig Cohn said the promotion should introduce people to Solaris and let them know it’s open for business.
Solaris has 315 public spaces in the garage, with about 250 spaces open for skier parking, Knobel said.
Town of Vail officials welcome the additional parking, even though it could create some competition for parking revenues.
“I think it’s great that there are private developers out there that are building parking that the taxpayers don’t have to pay for,” said Councilman Andy Daly.
Mayor Dick Cleveland said the lower rate could have an impact, but he isn’t worried it would be anything significant.
Vail Public Works Director Greg Hall said he’s not worried the additional spaces will hurt town revenues, especially because the $22 rate is just for the early-season and would likely go “a lot higher during the holidays.”
The town is gearing up for a busy opening weekend because of the recent snowfall, so Hall is happy to have additional parking available in town.
“Just getting cars into parking spaces is our biggest goal because that’s part of the guest experience,” Hall said.
Hall said this winter would reveal a lot in terms of the town’s parking needs, now that Solaris is open and construction workers from three major developments in town are now gone. Hall and his department will be looking at parking capacities very closely this winter, he said.
The town’s most recent parking objectives show a need to add 400 spaces to town in order to get back to just 15 overflow parking days on the Frontage Road – a number the Colorado Department of Transportation has told the town it needs to stay at or below.
Hall told the Vail Town Council in September that the town eventually needs 1,000 new parking spaces to meet future demands.
Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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