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VotersBoldlyAgreetoParksParking73Vailsfrstbondissueswereputbeorevotersin1973withtwoboldundertakingsthathavehelpeddefnethecommunity.Abondtotaling5.5millionorconstructionoa1000-spaceundergroundparkinggarageinVailVillagewashandilyapproved207-31asthecommunitytookadaringsteptowardacarlessvillage.Duringthesameelectiona3millionbondtoacquire39acresolandwasoverwhelminglyapprovedbyavoteo229-8beginningVailspursuitoopenspace.Byasimilarmarginvotersthatdayincreasedthetownsalestaxrom3percentto4percentearmarkinghaltherevenuestopayorthetwoprojects.ThetownsacquisitionotheAntholzRanchpreemptedconstructionosome200condominiumsontheproperty.FollowingtheelectionthetowncondemnedthelandwhichlaterbecameFordPark.REOpenSpacePurchases79Throughoutmuchothe1970sthecommunityvotedtosupportvarioustaxesaswellasnumerousbondissuestohelpbuildamenitiesandprovidecommunityservices.InadditionthetownwasabletogainhundredsoacresoopenspacethroughnegotiationwithlargelandownersincludingVailAssociatesandthePulisamily.Yetthetownsgrowingneedssurpasseditsexpandingmeans.In1978voterswereaskedtoapprovea1percentrealestatetransertaxRETTtobeusedoropenspacerecreationalorparkpurposesoremployeehousing.Byamargino69to101votersorthefrsttimeinVailshistorysaidnotoanewtax.AtermuchdebatetheTownCouncildecidedtoenactthetaxwithoutapublicvoteandrefneditsusebyeliminatingtheearlierreerencetoemployeehousing.ApprovedinJuly1979RETTwasconsideredtobeoneothemostcourageousactseverundertakenbyaVailtowncouncil.Sincethen50percentotown-ownedland1100acreshasbeensetasideasopenspaceincludingmorethan400acresotown-ownedparksandnearly17milesobikeandpedestriantrails.NootherresortcommunityintheU.S.hasalargerpercentageoopenspace.ColoradoSkiMuseumfoundedopensin1977informerMountainBellbuildingatVailRoadandEastMeadowDrive.TragedystrikeswhentwogondolacarsinLionsheadfalltothegroundkilling1976TownCouncilResolutionnamesAntholzRanchpropertyasGeraldR.FordParkinappreciationofPresidentFordscontributionstocommunity.1977VotersrejectannexationofWestVailafterapprovingBighornandLionsRidgeannexationsearlierindecade.Votersapprove1.8millionbondforDobsonIceArenawhichopensin1979.RedSandstoneElementarySchoolopens.FirstAnnualJerryFordInvitationalGolfTournamentheld.JackNicklauswinseventand10000inprizemoneywhichisreturnedforfuturetournaments.VailNatureCenteropensinformerAntholzRanchhouseatFordPark.JulieCunningham24-year-oldskischoolemployeedisappears.SerialkillerTedBundylaterconfessestohermurder.1975TePricetoPayforCoveredParking74ParkingwasaprobleminVailromthebeginning.Vehicleschaoticallyparkedmostanywhereandeverywhere.Soonthecharmingalpinevillageintendedorpedestrianswasbe-ingoverrunbycarsanddeliverytrucks.Townleadersdeterminedthatthefrststeptowardapermanentpark-ingsolutionwouldbetobuildtheVailVillageparkinggarageonlandacquiredromVailAssociates.Theyhadthe5.5millioninbondsbutalsoexpectedtoderayoperatingcostswithproceedsromyear-roundparkingees.HoweverwhentheparkinggarageopenedinDecember1974theTownCouncilwasalreadyhearingcomplaintsthatthepublishedratesweretoohigh.Followingthefrstwinterseasonopaidparkingthetownadjusteditsbusinessmodelandparkingbecamereeduringthesummersthereater.Thetownsinitialparkinggoalwascom-pletedin1981withtheopeningotheLionsheadparkinggarageollowingapprovaloasecondconstructionbondtotaling7million.TodaytheparkingissuecontinuestocreatelivelydebateintheTownCouncilchamberswithopinionsdividedontheappropriatemixoreeandpaidpublicparking.1974-75ParkingCenterratesFirstHourNoCharge1-3Hours-1.003-6Hours-1.506-10Hours-2.00SkiSeasonPass-175Nov.15-April15AnnualPass-250ExpiresNovember1975SourceVailTrailSept.301974fourandinjuringeight.TheaccidentultimatelycausesPeteSeiberttolosehisjobwhenthecompanythreatenedbylitigationissoldtoHarryBass.bussErViCEOutlyingbusservicebeganinNovember1974followingaone-monthtrialwhenrouteswereextendedtotheSandstoneandBighornneighborhoods.Hourlyservicewasprovidedatacostof35centsperriderwiththetownunderwrit-inghalfthecost.Valhasalwaysbeenaplaceftheheartaswellasthehll.teymngeTwnManager1970-19791percentrealestatetransfertaxforpurchaseofopenspaceanddevelopmentandmaintenanceofparksandtrailsleviedbyTownCouncilordinance.Streetmaildeliverybegins.1979TownleadersquicklyacknowledgedthatamanagedparkingprogramwouldbeneededtopreserveVailspedestrianemphasis.PresidentGeraldFordaddressesaVailSymposiumgatheringin1975.RobertC.Bishop9ARETRoSPECTiVE