The Vail Town Council will review the status of potential future alterations to the Vail Trail at its regular evening meeting Tuesday, April 19. The Vail Trail is a 1.5-mile-long soft-surface path that connects Golden Peak to the Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse. The discussion is listed as action item 6.2 on the meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers with opportunities for public comment.
Previous discussions about the Vail Trail have included the possibility of extending the trail towards the east as well as potentially widening parts of the existing trail to improve usability. The proposed modifications, along with other trail projects, have been presented as part of a larger concept to connect neighborhoods and improve access to existing trails.
To date, public input on the proposed alterations for the Vail Trail has been mixed. Suggestions have included an expanded public process and additional information on the need for trail modifications as well as environmental impacts.
As a result, Tuesday’s update from the town staff will include a three-part recommendation: 1) to instruct staff to initiate an update of the 1994 Comprehensive Open Lands Plan that would be used to guide future decisions on trails; 2) formation of an Open Lands Plan Update Working Group comprised of Vail residents, business owners and other stakeholders that would be tasked with identifying trail needs, developing concepts, identifying feasibility components and representing various user groups; and 3) completion of hazard analysis and environmental reports for the Vail Trail and Vail Trail extension to be used as a feasibility analysis.
For more information about the trails discussion, contact Gregg Barrie, the town’s landscape architect, at 970-479-2337. View the staff memo on this topic, or to comment in advance of the meeting, email the Vail Town Council at email@example.com.