Mark your calendars for the Town of Vail’s annual Celebrating Community neighborhood picnic series Tuesday, July 25 at Bighorn Park in East Vail and Tuesday, Aug. 15 at Donovan Pavilion in West Vail. Each picnic will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - rain or shine - with free food and drink provided by the town on a first-come, first-served basis. The picnics provide community members with an opportunity to offer comments and suggestions about various topics and to meet members of the Vail Town Council and town staff. New this year will be a children’s activity area sponsored by the Vail Recreation District, so bring the kids.
Hosting the July 25 picnic at Bighorn Park will be members of the Town Council and representatives from the Public Works, Finance and Administration departments. In addition, representatives from the Vail Recreation District and Vail Mountain will be on hand to greet picnickers and introduce themselves. During the event, picnickers will be encouraged to learn more about the town’s pilot program to increase ridership this summer on the town buses. Also, information about an online survey focusing on the short-term rental market will be available as well as information about wildfire preparedness, including evacuation planning.
Joining the Town Council as hosts of the Aug. 15 picnic at Donovan Pavilion will be staff from the Police, Fire, Library and Community Development departments, as well as representatives from the Vail Recreation District and Vail Mountain. During this picnic, a drawing for two free emergency preparedness kits will take place from among entries collected from both picnics. In addition, an update on the Restore the Gore campaign including resources for homeowners, native seed mixes and other information will be available.
Featured during both picnics will be information on wildfire preparedness and updates on the construction schedule for the I-70 Vail Underpass project. Also, representatives from the Vail Local Housing Authority and the Housing Team from within the Community Development Department will be on hand and available to talk about the benefits and opportunities afforded by the recently adopted VailINDEED employee housing unit deed restriction program and answer questions from the public. In addition, a noxious weed display and information on how to manage invasive species will be presented. Also, a pocket guide listing free and discounted services available to community members will be distributed for reference year-round.
This is the 18th consecutive year for the picnics. 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, plus links to Facebook and Twitter.
Contact: Suzanne Silverthorn, 970-479-2115
Community Information Office