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Vail Daily column: Celebrating Eagle’s future

Greetings to the residents of Eagle and the surrounding Eagle community. On behalf of the Town Board, we invite you all to the Eagle Town Hall for three exciting upcoming events. The first event is a Community Visioning Workshop for the Eagle River Corridor Subarea Plan. This meeting will be held at Eagle Town Hall from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

We have heard for years that many citizens of Eagle desired to improve the river corridor and build a whitewater park in our town. Earlier this summer, the Town Council held a two-day board retreat and prioritized the study of the Eagle River as one of the top 10 items on the town’s to-do list. In addition, we traveled to Salida and Buena Vista to meet with their town leaders to understand how those communities have developed river amenities and what these improvements have meant to their towns.

The board views potential improvements to the Eagle River to have many benefits. Improvements to the corridor will help repair and improve the health and water quality of the river, can provide great amenities to the residents and visitors, and can also serve as additional economic development for activities surrounding the improvements.

In the Tuesday meeting, the community will begin to develop a vision for the Eagle River Corridor Subarea Plan. Participants will discuss opportunities, develop goals and work to translate those ideas onto maps. The goals and “concept maps” subject to refinement by the steering committee will be used as starting points for the community design charrette, which will envision the possibilities. Please come to the visioning event and be involved with the future of the Eagle River.

The second event we would encourage you to attend is the Eagle Vision 20/20 community meetings hosted by the town of Eagle and presented by the Eagle Chamber of Commerce. This meeting will be held the very next evening, Wednesday, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Eagle Town Hall. This is an ongoing series that occurs twice a year to keep the Eagle community up to date and informed of Eagle’s vision for the future.

There will be a “state of the town” presentation and an update on town business from staff and perspective given by local business owners. In addition, the town will present the inaugural Community Impact Award. This is the beginning of what will be annual tradition that honors a town of Eagle individual, business or organization that is making a tangible, measurable impact on the community. The award recipient has worked to make Eagle a better place to live, work and play and represents the town’s creativity, resourcefulness and potential. Please join us to find out who will be the first honoree at the event. All of the attendees are invited to join the presenters for mingling and refreshments at the Bonfire Brewery following the event.

There will be an update on the ever-present roundabout construction schedule. The entire Town Board is keenly aware of the burden that this project has placed on residents and commuters and also understands the difficulties that this has presented to local businesses. Town staff, the contractor and CDOT have been working hard to make this project as painless as possible, and we are looking forward to completion. We are happy to report that the project is on time and on budget.

The final invitation is to the grand opening of the wonderful new pedestrian bridge that spans Interstate 70. The final details are being worked out, but reserve some time in the afternoon of Oct. 11. We are inviting the community to celebrate the new bridge and Eagle’s new “front door.” We also invite the entire community to come out and participate in any way that you can with the surrounding businesses that have been affected by the construction project.

Thank you all for your time and support, and we look forward to seeing you at these upcoming events.

The Eagle Town Board of Trustees is Yuri Kostick, Anne McKibbin, Kevin Brubeck, Sarah Baker, Luis Benitez, Doug Seabury and Andy Jessen.

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