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ParksAhoy69Vailsrstparkhadratherhumblebeginnings.DespiteconcernsthathippiesandotherundesirablesmightcamptherethetownselectedasmallpieceogroundnexttotheVorlauerontheeastsideotheVillageoritsrstundertaking.PartoitsappealwasthepropertysaccesstoGoreCreek.Builtin1969thepocketparkwasaninstantsuccessandincludedtherstuseostonewalls.ThatuseostonewallshassincebeenreplicatedaspartoVailsvernacular.OnceknownasVorlauerParkthepropertywaslaternamedRogerStaubParktohonortheearlyskischooldirec-torwhohaddiedinahang-guidingac-cident.Alsoin1969theamousplantingsosummerowersbegan.Vailsnextparkwasmuchbolderthantherstandhasremainedaavoriteorchildrenthroughoutthedecades.TheimaginativePirateshipParkwascon-structedin1972onpropertythatwaseventuallydonatedtothetownbyVailAssociates.Councilmembersondlyre-callthecriticismtheyreceivedromskep-ticswhothoughtthe10000construc-tioncostwasexcessive.Theparkisnowconsideredacreativemasterpieceoritsuseonaturalmaterialsandhasservedasamodelorthetownsotherplaygrounds.VailTransitBorn69InNovember1969wellbeoreVailstransitsystembecameoneothelargestreesystemsinthecountryVailAssociatesintroducedapairorepur-posedschoolbusestotransportskiersorreebetweenGoldenPeakandLionsheadwhichhadjustopened.Thepurposewastomakeiteasytomovebetweenthetwogondolasandthetwovillagecenters.Thetownsoonjoinedasapartnerintheoperationsandwithmuchanareintroducedaprototypevehiclein1973witharrivalotheGinkelvanamini-busspeciallydesignedtonavigateinpedes-trianareasandoriginallycommissionedbyNewYorkMayorJohnLindsayoruseinMidtownManhattan.WhilethebrightorangeGinkelvanwasntpursuedasapermanentsolutioninVailprimarilyduetoitssmallsizeitsdesigneatureswererevolutionarywithaoorheightjust13inchesromthegroundnotunlikethelow-oorbusesusedtodaytotransportpassengersbetweenGoldenPeakandLionshead.MayorLindsaymeanwhilebecameare-quentvisitoroVailservingasthekeynotespeakerortherstVailSymposium.GeraldandBettyFordenjoyrstamilyvacationinVail.UpperEagleValleySanitationDistrictormed.FirstmajorredamagesCoveredBridgeStore.VailInteraithChapeldedicated.TelevisioncomestoVail.LionsheadbaseareaandGondolaNo.2open.ShuttleservicelaunchedbyVailAssociatestotransportskiers1969betweenthetwobase-areapodsVailVillageandLionshead.24-hourpolicecoveragebegins.Firstull-timepaidrechiehired.GameCreekBowlopens.VailsreebussystemmadeitsdebutduringThanksgivingweekendin1969toshuttleskiersbetweenGoldenPeakandLionshead.LatertheGinkelvanabovewasusedasaprototypevehicle.Anopen-airtramwasalsoexperimentedwithbeorethetownsettledonlargerbuses.CitizEnPartiCiPationtoPiCsEarlyrEFlECtionoFCommunityWhiletherstmeetingotheTownoVailBoardoTrusteesbeganwiththeormalityandstructureoabusinessmeetingitwasntuntilcitizenparticipationwascalledthatthecolorandcharacteroVailbecameimmediatelyevident.WhentheaudiencewasaskedtosuggestthetypesonuisancesthatshouldberegulatedbyordinancesuggestionsromthefoorincludedControlodogs.Publicintoxication.Dischargeorearmswithinthecorporatelimits.Skidoosmotorcyclesetc.Adequatetoiletacilitiesorthepublic.AdequatepublictelephoneswithasuggestionthattheVailTrailnewspaperpublishlocationsoallpublictelephones.Thatthemusicromthepublicaddresssystembecurtailedatareasonablehouratnight.Litterinthestreets.ExcerptfromNov.121966MeetingMinutes.SallyWarrenVailsone-millionthskierreceivesHeadskisandakeytothetownromPeteSeibertApril61968.ViewonewLionsheadskibase.ASanctuaryforManyFaiths68Religiousserviceswereinitiallyheldinavarietyounlikelyloca-tionsincludingtheCasinonightclubwheresomeotheattendeeshappenedtobeholdoversromthenightbeore.Ateridentiyingtheneedoramoresophisti-catedplaceoworshiptheVailReligiousFoundationwasormedin1963tostudyestablishmentoapermanentchapel.Followingatwo-year100000unddriveheadedbyRodSliertherealestatebrokerandMayorJohnDobsonandhiswieCissygroundbreakingortheVailChapeloccurredinSeptember1968onabeautiulsitealongGoreCreekdonatedbyVailAssociates.ItwasdedicatedinNovember1969.LookingbackSliersaysheappealedtosomeothemorenotori-ousdonorsbynotingtheymightndaneasierpathtoHeavenitheyparticipatedinthecampaign.TodaytheVailInteraithChapelisoneotheewcommunitychapelsinthecountrythatishometomultipleaithswhilemaintainingtheirindividualde-nominationalafliationsandservices.OfciatinginthegroundbreakingceremoniesortheVailInteraithChapelin1968arelettorightFatherTomStoneCissyDobsonMayorJohnDobsonandtheRev.DonSimonton.PeterRunyonBarryStottBarryStottBarryStottBarryStott7ARETRoSPECTiVE