Vail’s annual community meeting is returning to an in-person format for the first time since 2019 with the gathering taking place on Tuesday, March 8 from 5-7 p.m. at the Donovan Pavilion. The meeting will be marked by a celebration recognizing thought leader and visionary Terry Minger as the recipient of the annual Trailblazer Award, as well as a look back at the city’s accomplishments in 2021 and new initiatives underway in 2022.
This year’s gathering provides an opportunity to reconnect with community members in person after presenting the Annual Update in an online format for the past two years.
Full-time and part-time residents, business owners, landowners, employees and others are invited. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with informational exhibits on a variety of topics of community interest. Presentations will begin at 5:15 p.m. Attendees will be invited to enter multiple draws to win a season pass for the city’s new e-bike sharing program, valued at $125 and $100 in “Vail Bucks” at your favorite restaurants and businesses.
The annual rally is hosted by the Vail City Council and city staff and will include a video narrated by Mayor Kim Langmaid outlining Vail’s progress on important topics including environmental sustainability, housing, and social and economic resilience. of Vail in the face of the ongoing pandemic.
In addition to updates on the city’s financial health and various ongoing planning initiatives, the event will honor Terry Minger’s many contributions as the 2022 Trailblazer recipient. Minger served as Vail City Manager from 1969 in 1979. He was responsible for laying the foundation for Vail’s most enduring qualities in an era that transformed an evolving village with dirt streets into a planned community with qualities that have stood the test of time.
The program will also include remarks from Beth Howard, chief operating officer of Vail Mountain.
Project updates and community feedback opportunities will be presented as an open house throughout the evening, including:
- Meet the Destination Stewardship Plan project team and sign up for upcoming community engagement opportunities.
- Get a taste of the Gore Creek Interpretive Project.
- Find out how a defensible “Fire Free Five” space program can save homes during a wildfire.
- Share your thoughts on the Booth Creek Fuel Reduction Project.
- Get a behind-the-scenes look at the E-Vail Courier Load and Delivery Pilot Program
Parking is free and light refreshments will be served. The reunion will be taped by High Five Access media and will be rebroadcast on Comcast Channel 5 with the stream available beginning Friday, March 11.
Face masks are recommended but not required during the event. Please stay home if you are sick.
For more information, contact the city’s communications office, 970-479-2115.