Vail Daily letter: Losing sight of roots
Two years ago, the Vail Daily was filled with stories of the pioneers who settled and established Vail as the great destination it is today. All these accounts seemed to have common themes as to why each individual sought out and put down roots in the mountains. People were drawn by the free spirit, and longed to associate themselves with other unique and creative personalities. Things worked out because people looked out for one another and had a sense of community. This same collective lifestyle still draws people to mountain towns, but in this valley, that attractive social fabric seems to be disappearing. For me, there have been two occurrences recently that represent this deterioration.
The past two summers and early fall, ladies who are working to become yoga instructors have offered free classes in Donovan Park. The instructors get to practice leading a course, and the community gets a free class — we all benefit. Now, as we roll deeper into fall, the weather is not so conducive to an outdoor class. This year’s instructor approached the town of Vail, asking if they would open the pavilion on mornings it’s not being used. She in turn would offer the community free yoga classes. The folks running Donovan Pavilion responded with, “Sure! It will just be a minimum six-hour rental for $6,000.” This is ludicrous. Here we have a local gal willing to donate her time to the community, for a service that could greatly benefit many but the town of vail could care less.
The next sign of the times comes from “Hoffmann Land,” formerly known as Avon, Colo. What a joke. In an attempt to class up town, there has been a bronze Native American sculpture crammed into every feasible location one could imagine. If you have not had the opportunity to do so yet, please take the time to observe the ridiculous Indian girl head resting on a stone base that takes up what was once four parking spaces in the Sports Authority parking lot. Art and culture are definitely a part of unique communities, but this forceful, faux attempt at creating such has just done the opposite, leaving Avon with more of a gaudy feel. The social fabric of this valley has evolved from the mountain town that gave reason for attracting visitors from around the globe to being a dedicated “resort” lacking a heartbeat.
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