The Zeke M. Pierce Skatepark is officially open in Vail after completing final inspections by the town’s building division. The certificate of occupancy was issued today which completes the construction process that began 11 months ago. Now that the skatepark is officially open, clinics offered by the Vail Recreation District are set to begin.
The clinics will be offered Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon for children age 7 and older.
The facility is named for Zeke Pierce, a lifelong resident and avid local skateboarder who lost his life in a mountain bike accident just before turning 16. It is located in the space between the two parking decks at the Lionshead parking structure, not far from where a temporary skatepark was located for many years.
Designed with input from local skaters, the $1.7 million facility was constructed by California Skateparks, one of the world’s premier park builders, and was funded by the Town of Vail. The skatepark also includes four colorful mosaic murals created by artist Valerie Theberge, sponsored by Art in Public Places.
An official ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place in August which will recognize the Pierce family as well as Cameron Chaney, a former Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy student who successfully helped pitch the idea to the Town Council.
Managed by the Vail Recreation District, the new skatepark includes features for all ages and abilities and includes a large variety of street and transition style elements. It also includes a signature wall-ride feature, mini-bowl and half-pipe.
The skatepark is open daily from dawn to 11 p.m. Helmets are required and safety equipment is recommended.
For information on operations, contact Chad Young with the Vail Recreation District at 970-479-2292. For more information on construction, contact Todd Oppenheimer, Town of Vail Capital Projects Manager, at 970-479-2161.