Construction of Vail’s new skatepark at the Lionshead parking structure is well on its way toward completion after breaking ground on Aug. 4. The poured concrete in the park’s main area, half pipe and mini bowl is in place, as are the rails, coping and other skate features.
California Skateparks and the other contractors have wrapped up construction activities for the winter season. They will return to the project on April 11, 2016 to complete the remaining work. This includes safety netting, lighting, painting and concrete staining and sealing. The park must remain covered in the plastic sheeting to prevent excessive water from entering the joints in the concrete.
Included in the spring construction will be the installation of four unique mosaic murals by artist Valerie Theberge. Selected from over 50 artists, Theberge is creating large vibrant compositions inspired by skating which will be installed on each side of both stair towers. “I developed the pieces for maximum visibility to have a distinctive visual effect from both inside the park and from above looking down from the parking garage,” she said. “The lines in the murals mimic the flow and movement of skateboarding ramps and jumps and there is a sense of fluidity and movement that parallels the floating sensation of skateboarding.” Art in Public Places Coordinator Molly Eppard says the art will create a sense of identity for Vail’s skatepark.
The park will remain closed throughout the winter until the remaining work is completed by early June 2016. A ribbon cutting will mark the park’s official opening.
The new skatepark replaces the temporary wooden ramps that were installed on the upper deck of the Lionshead structure over the past several years. The old structure has been donated to the Town of Eagle where it will be reconfigured and installed as a permanent skatepark in that community.
The cost of Vail’s new skatepark is approximately $1.9 million, with an additional $130,000 for art and landscaping to create an attractive and inviting space for all guests and residents to Vail.
For more information, contact Todd Oppenheimer, project manager, at 970-479-2161 or Toppenheimer@vailgov.com.