Mark your calendars for the Town of Vail’s 16th annual neighborhood picnic series Tuesday, July 28 at Bighorn Park in East Vail and Tuesday, Aug. 11 at Donovan Pavilion in West Vail. Each picnic will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free food and drink provided by the town on a first-come, first-served basis. The picnics provide residents an opportunity to offer comments and suggestions about various community topics and to meet members of the Vail Town Council and town staff.
Hosting the July 28 picnic at Bighorn Park will be members of the Town Council and representatives from the Public Works Department. During the event, picnickers will be encouraged to help stock a “bag bank” by bringing extra or unwanted clean reusable bags to help create a recurring community supply. The reusable bags will be available to support Vail’s “Kick the Bag Habit” which officially bans plastic bags from Vail’s two grocery stories beginning Aug. 1 and establishes a ten-cent fee on paper bags. To bolster the community supply of reusable bags, the town is arranging for the distribution of free bags throughout Vail’s neighborhoods with details to be announced soon.
Also at the July 28 picnic, representatives from Vail Fire & Emergency Services will be on hand to discuss a wildfire training exercise scheduled for Aug. 5 in Vail which will include a voluntary evacuation of the Potato Patch neighborhood. Information on the town’s emergency evacuation plan will also be presented.
Joining the Town Council as hosts of the Aug. 11 picnic at Donovan Pavilion will be staff from the Police, Fire, Community Development, Library and Administration Departments. During this picnic, information on wildfire readiness will be available as well as the “Kick the Bag Habit” initiative. A drawing for two free emergency preparedness kits will also take place.
Featured during both picnics will be updates on the construction schedule for renovation of the Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse as well as discussions with prospective home buyers to help shape the planning for the town’s development of the Chamonix property behind the West Vail Fire Station. Also, representatives from Vail Public Library will be on hand to answer questions about materials, services and programs.
In addition to the two neighborhood gatherings, citizens are encouraged to share their ideas, concerns and suggestions at any time by emailing the Town Council at email@example.com. Also, the town’s website at vailgov.com includes information on town topics and projects as well as e-mail links and phone numbers for all departments.
Contact: Suzanne Silverthorn, 479-2115
Community Information Office