If you’re looking to host a gathering in any of Vail’s parks, they’re available for your use on a first-come, first-served basis. The Town of Vail owns, manages and maintains 7 neighborhood parks, 2 community parks, (Ford Park and Donovan Park) and numerous pocket parks. In addition, Vail’s custom designed playgrounds at many of the parks are enjoyed by people of all ages.
If you’re interested in a multitude of activities, Ford Park includes amenities such as the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Tennis Center, athletic field, picnic areas, half-court basketball and a custom play area. In addition, you can enjoy the open space next to the playground, the picnic tables under the shelter and the Moroles sculpture area, all located at the lower bench of Ford Park. There are many recreation and event opportunities to take advantage of in Ford Park as well. Contact the following groups for programming information:
- Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, 970-476-0103 (botanical gardens, education center, tours)
- Vail Recreation District, 970-479-2280 (events at athletic fields); Tennis Center, 970-479-2294 (youth and adult lessons and leagues)
- Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, 970-777-2015 for special programming and Vail Valley Foundation and Bravo! Vail events; Box Office, 970-845-8497 (concerts and dance festival)
- Vail Nature Center, 970-479-2291 (youth and adult programs, tours, and events)
Please note the Town of Vail has an open container law that prohibits alcohol consumption in its parks and on public rights-of-way without proper State of Colorado alcohol permits. For more information about summertime in Vail, visit vail.com.