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DroughtFiresandBarkBeetles02BarkbeetleshavealwayslurkedinthelodgepolepineoreststhatblanketthehillsidesinandaroundVail.Oneepidemicfaredintheearly1980s.Butanotherepidemicthatbeganin1996eventuallybecamemonolithictheresultowarmingtemperaturesmaturingor-estsandthentheseveredroughto2002.Thedeadtreesbecamethecatalystoraction.Newbuildingregulationsadoptedbythetownbannedwoodenshake-shin-glesinnewhomesandrequiredfame-resistantshinglesonrooreplacements.Alsopropertyownersinorestedareaswereencouragedtocreatedeensiblespacesaroundbuildings.MostprominentlythetownjoinedwiththeForestServiceandVailResortsin2006tocleardeadanddiseasedtreesromadjacenthillsidesandgaverenewedattentiontothetownsevacuationplan.From2006to2012some10000treeswereremoved.Thecompellingneedorthesemea-sureswasdemonstratedbyawildrethatbrokeoutonaridgeaboveStephensParkintheIntermountainneighborhoodin2009.Therewasquicklycontainedthankstorapidresponseromlocalandregionalagenciesbutitcouldhavebeenmuchworse.ImajorresintheVailareahadbeennearlynon-existentbarkbeetlesanddroughtservednoticethattheywerestillpossibleandgivenenoughtimewithjusttherightcondi-tionsquiteprobable.thetwothousandsFireatVailMarriottcauses21milliondamagelargeststructurefreinVailhistory.BlueSkyBasinopenstoskiersandsnowboarders.EllesonParkopensinWestVail.2000FrothyandFunWhitewaterPark01WitharrivalothenewcenturyVailsetouttoshoreupitsnon-ski-ingeconomy.OneapproachwastomakeGoreCreekmoreoanattractiontokayakersandotherboaters.In2001some600cubicyardsorockwereusedtocre-atetheVailWhitewaterParkbetweentheCoveredBridgeandtheInternationalBridge.DissatisedwithresultsotheinitialdesignduetoGoreCreekshighlyvari-ablefowsthetowncreatedarst-o-a-kindmechanism.Anautomatedsystemusesairtoinfatebladderstovarioussizesdependingonthedailystreamlevel.Thesystemdirectswatertowardthecenterothestructurecreatingawavethatcanbeusedorsurngandvariousotherkayaktricks.ButwhatgoodisawhitewaterparkwithoutamplewaterTosecurerightstothepreerredlargerfowsthetownjoinedtheEagleRiverWaterSanita-tionDistrictinapivotalcourtcaseinColoradothatresultedinachangeinstatelaw.Thenewlawauthorizedanewormowaterrightsorrecreation-alin-streamfows.ThenewlyimprovedWhitewaterParkopeningin2008helpedelevatetheTevaWhitewaterFestivalintotheTevaMountainGamesdesignedtoappealtothegrowinginterestinrockclimbingandotherparticipatorysports.Golstillmatteredbuttonewgenera-tionsthegameswerechanging.FromBlighttoanUnparalledSight03NeverullyinvitingascomparedtoVailVillageLionsheadneededanewaceandanewbodyorthe21stcentury.Anurbanrenewalauthoritythelegaltoolthatoeredthebestleverageornancingcrucialpublicimprovementsalsocarriedthemostrisk.Bystatelawestablishmentothere-newalauthorityrequiredormaldesigna-tionotheaectedareaasblighted.Thelawdenedblightedasunderper-ormingwhichLionsheadwasbutpublicperceptiondritstowardseedywarehousedistrictsandskidrowapartments.CouldVailwithstandtheridiculeandpossiblysacriceitsworld-classreputationbyde-claringLionsheadblightedThetowncalleduponagroupobusinessleaderstohelpevaluateitsprospects.Cautiousatrstthebusinessleadersannouncedtheirsupportaterrealizingtheblightdesigna-tionwouldapplyexclusivelytopublicpropertysuchasinadequatestreetlayoutandineriorutilities.In2003theTownCouncilvotedtocreatetheVailReinvestmentAuthority.Thisallowedincrementaltaxesresult-ingromtheupgradesestimatedat14millionto16milliontobeplowedbackintoimprovementsopublicpropertywithintheLionsheaddistrict.Theseim-provementscoincidedwithprivatesectorinvestmentsincludingArrabelleatVailSquareandrehabsandacelitsormanyolderlodges.MemoriesoblightrecededasthispartnershipopublicpolicyandprivateenterpriseproducedatriumphanewLionsheadonethatlookedandoperateddierentlyaplacewherepeoplewantedtobe.UCIMountainBikeWorldChampionshipsreturntoVail.VailChildCareCenteropensinWestVail.VailWhitewaterParkopens.VailFarmersMarketdebuts.2001Votersapproveconerencecentertaxpackage.Retromanholecoversintroduced.VailReinvestmentAuthoritycreatedallowsTaxIncrementFinancingtoundLionsheadpublicprojects.2002JohnF.DonovanParkandPavilionopensjoiningFordParkasVailssecondlarge-scalecommunitypark.Townacquires198-unitTimberRidgecomplextopreservepropertysdeed-re-strictedemployeehousingdesignation.2003VailVillagestreetscapeimprove-mentswithheatedcobbledpaversin-stalledtocoincidewithredevelopment.MiddleCreekVillageApartmentsopenswith142rentalunits.VailMemorialParkopens.2004ArrabelleatVailSquarebreaksground.Votersdeeataddi-tionaltaxesorconer-encecenter.VailGymnasticsCenteropens.ExpansionoVailMountainSchoolcomplete.2005DynamicleadershipinourcommunityhasocusedoncontinuingVailssuccessasevidencedbythephysicalrenaissanceoourtown.TheoresightandfscalingenuityopriorgenerationshasallowedortherevitalizationotheVailbrandandcontinuedprosperityduringchallengingeconomictimes.anydyMayor011-currenttHEarrabEllEVailsBillionDollarRenewalbeganinearnestwhenthedevelopmentapplicationfortheArrabelleatVailSquarewasapprovedbytheTownCouncilinApril2004.CompetitorsatVailsWhitewaterPark.Waterrightscaseinitiatedhistoric2007settlementeliminatesDenverWatersrighttodivert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