Vail will have a permanent skatepark by this fall following a unanimous vote by the Town Council at its meeting on July 7. In approving the design as well as a $1.6 million budget for construction, the project is being prepared for an August groundbreaking. Designed by California Skateparks, the new facility will be built in the Lionshead parking structure not far from the seasonal skatepark that has been in use since 2007.
The new location, an unused space between the two parking decks, was first identified by Cameron Chaney, a student at the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy, who saw potential in using the vacant space. The design includes a large variety of street and transition style elements and also includes a signature “vert” feature, mini-bowl and full size half pipe. Engineers are also exploring costs associated to add a snowmelt system to make the skatepark a year-round venue.
Project manager Todd Oppenheimer says the skatepark will provide a wonderful amenity for Vail. “It was designed by skaters and will be built by skaters,” he said. “And its unusual configuration will make it a destination of its own.” The project will be complemented by a yet-to-be-commissioned public art feature that will add to the park’s vibrancy.
Once in place, the skatepark operations will be managed by the Vail Recreation District with skating opportunities for all ages and abilities.
For more information, contact Oppenheimer at 970-479-2161.