A grand opening ceremony for Booth Creek Park is set for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6 to celebrate completion of a three-year-long, $2.4 million renovation funded by the town. Members of the Vail Town Council will be on hand to join with community members to introduce the park’s new features and recognize those responsible for the undertaking.
Construction began last April and includes a new children’s playground featuring an artistic boulder climber, an Art in Public Places component created by artist Andy Dufford of Chevo Studios in Denver. Concepts for the play structures were inspired by models and drawings created by local children during a town-sponsored workshop. Other features of the park include a picnic pavilion, restroom, turf grass play area, paved walkways, 11 on-street parking spaces and two hard-surface tennis courts that will be maintained by the Vail Recreation District.
The three-acre park was designed by Town of Vail landscape architect/capital project manager Todd Oppenheimer with support from senior landscape architect Gregg Barrie and AIPP coordinator Molly Eppard. Construction documents were produced by Design Workshop, JVA Engineering and Darby Architects. The park was constructed by local general contractor RA Nelson.
Mayor Dave Chapin says the park’s renovation is nothing short of stunning. “It’s hard to believe this is the same piece of property that existed before,” he said. “The wow factor here is unbelievable. Our kudos to the neighborhood for working with us from concept to completion to produce such a wonderful amenity for the neighborhood and the entire community.”
Following a brief ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:15 a.m., the town will host a picnic lunch in the park, located at 2900 Manns Ranch Road in East Vail, for those who stop by. Please consider taking the bus, walk or ride a bike to the celebration as parking is limited.
Booth Creek is one of nine neighborhood parks in Vail, with each of them featuring hand-crafted play structures.
For more information, contact Oppenheimer