On March 13, in cooperation with Eagle County Public Health orders, VRD closed all facilities to the public and canceled all upcoming events and programs. Thanks to the hard work of our local residents who followed stay-at-home orders and have been practicing social distancing, new health orders were released this week that began to relax certain restrictions on businesses and programs. In response, VRD staff have been hard at work on a number of different scenarios and safety protocols for how we can begin to reopen facilities and restart programming in conjunction with Eagle County Public Health's phases to reopening.
Explanation of the New Public Health Order
Eagle County Public Health recently announced a new order that will transition the community through three phases of recovery from COVID-19. Social distancing will be required throughout the entire process until all health orders are lifted
, gatherings of up to 10 people
, gatherings of up to 25-50 people
, gatherings of up to 250 people
When these phases are complete and all health benchmarks have been achieved, Eagle County will enter a final phase where all special public health orders and limitations on gathering sizes will be lifted. Eagle County has not guaranteed a specific timeline for achieving all three phases of the order because each new phase is only triggered by the successful completion of the previous phase. They have indicated that the best-case scenario is that each phase may take approximately four to eight weeks to complete. Remember, this is not necessarily a linear progression, we all must do our part to continue social distancing and staying home whenever possible to keep moving forward through these phases as quickly as possible.
Following the new guidelines, VRD has laid out a plan to reopen each facility and program, tied to the respective phase of the health order when we may be able to start operation. While these are our preliminary plans, they are subject to change based on a number of factors. We will restart programming and open facilities only as we are allowed to do so by official health guidelines and only when we are able to implement our new protocols safely and responsibly to protect VRD staff and users.
Any facility or program that opens during Phase 1, 2 or 3 will still have social distancing requirements in place, and we will expect the following "Five Commitments of Containment" from all staff and users:
I will maintain six feet of social distance.
I will wash my hands often.
I will cover my face in public.
I will stay home when I am sick.
I will get tested immediately if I have symptoms.
Staff and users will also be required to undergo health screening each time they enter a facility or program, and will be sent home if they are experiencing any symptoms of illness including cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, fever, runny nose, head or body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of taste or smell. Program and facility operations may also be closed or temporarily halted at any time during these re-opening phases.
Finally, during Phase 1, all open VRD facilities and programs will be restricted to use by Eagle County residents only, as defined by the Eagle County Public Health Order.
Golden Peak Pickleball Center
Pickleball has been defined as a low-risk recreational opportunity by Eagle County and we are excited to be opening the courts at Golden Peak on Saturday, May 2. The courts will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to Eagle County residents only, and players must be current VRD pickleball passholders. Passes may be purchased online at vailrec.com/register. Play will only be allowed by reserving a court in advance and will be limited to singles play or drills only, no doubles. In addition to all social distancing guidelines, new rules have been established for play. Please view all Phase 1 rules and protocols at
and we hope to see you on the courts soon.
Vail Golf Club
Golf has also been defined as a low-risk recreation type, and therefore the Vail Golf Club plans to open May 15, depending on the weather, with modified rules and all social distancing guidelines in place. The Grill on the Gore restaurant will remain closed through Phase 1, however the starter house will be available for grab-and-go food and drink.
During Phase 1, play will only be available to Eagle County residents and tee times must be booked in advance online. No walk-up play will be allowed. Carts will be available with a limit of one person per cart unless both players are from the same household. Guests must practice social distancing or they will be denied access to the course. All golfers will be asked to arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your tee time and leave the property immediately following play. There will not be water coolers on the course. There will be a modified cup for players, so the flagstick will not be touched. As CDC and Eagle County Health guidelines continue to evolve, so will our rules and procedures.
"We are excited to be able to open the golf course in May!" said Director of Golf Alice Plain. "We currently have quite a bit of snow on the course, but warm temperatures these next ten days will help the turf start growing. We have many of our greens covered right now to help the soil temperatures rise and spur more growth in the turf."
VRD also recognizes the hardship that many locals have faced over the past few months, and are pleased to offer a discount on unlimited season passes this year. "We wanted to give our Eagle County residents an opportunity to play golf as much as possible at an even more affordable price," said Plain. "Thank you for your patience as we navigate our new golf world."
Events at the Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse will be held only as the public health restrictions allow, and are based on the group size, including the number of staff needed. All events that fall within Phase 1 have been canceled as group size is limited to 10 or less per Eagle County Public Health Order. Please reach out to
with questions or for more information.
Zeke M. Pierce Skatepark
Located inside the Lionshead Parking Structure, the Zeke M. Pierce Skatepark will reopen during Phase 1. There is still snow covering parts of the skatepark, and operations are currently underway to get the skatepark cleaned of debris and ready for summer use. Once the skatepark has been cleaned, it will reopen to the public, with expectations that all social distancing rules will be followed and there will be no more than 10 people in the skatepark at any one time. In addition, helmets are required to be worn and usage during Phase 1 is restricted to Eagle County residents only.
Vail Athletic Fields and Ford Park Fields
The Ford Park Athletic Fields are open to Eagle County residents, however social distancing rules and group size limits must be obeyed. The current public health orders prohibit gatherings of 10 or more people, and individual groups must have at least 20 feet of space between them. The volleyball courts will remain closed throughout Phase 1.
Vail Tennis Center
Tennis has also been defined as a low-risk recreation type, and we look forward to opening the Vail Tennis Center once the courts have been resurfaced for the summer, a process we do annually each spring. We anticipate to start the resurfacing process next week and it will take a few weeks to complete. During Phase 1, usage will be limited to singles play only with all social distancing requirements and additional rules in effect. More information on new protocols will be released as we get closer to opening. Expect the Vail Tennis Center to open on the regular schedule, around Memorial Day.
Vail Gymnastics Center
The Vail Gymnastics Center is currently closed to the public until we can safely and responsibly restart some limited programming. We will communicate directly to gymnastics users as more information becomes available. Please contact
with questions or for more information.
The Dobson Arena is currently closed to the public and we expect it to remain closed throughout Phase 1. Dobson staff are assessing whether it might be possible to reopen for limited activities during Phase 2, however no decisions can be made until we know the specifics of the Phase 2 public health order. Many of the activities that normally occur in Dobson will not be possible until Phase 3 or until all health orders are lifted. For questions or more information, please contact
The Imagination Station and Art Studio
are closed to the public under Eagle County Public Health Order Phase 1 and Phase 2 because we cannot limit group size, cannot enforce or ensure social distancing and cannot sanitize materials after every use. Please contact
with questions or for more information.
VAIL RECREATION DISTRICT RACES
Vail Whitewater Race Series
The Vail Whitewater Race Series will occur if we reach Phase 2 before the water flow in Gore Creek becomes too low to race safely. All May races have been canceled, however we hope to hold races on June 2, 9 and 16 if we have moved to Phase 2 as a community and are able to safely do so under public health guidelines. We will not have a two-man raft division in Phase 2, and there will be additional rules and protocols if we are able to hold races. For more information, email
Dynafit Vail Trail Run Series
The Dynafit Boneyard Boogie, originally scheduled for May 16, has been rescheduled to September 26. We hope to kick off the trail running season on June 20 with the Dynafit Beaver Creek Summer Solstice, however this will only happen if we have moved to Phase 2 before that date and all race protocols are approved by public health officials. There will also be a number of changes to the race formats depending on the restrictions in place on race day. In the meantime, VRD will be launching a virtual "PLAYdemic Challenge," where community members will be invited to share their exercise activities with others online and have the chance to win fun prizes throughout the challenge. Stay tuned for more information and details to come next week. Contact
for questions and information on the trail running series.
Town Mountain Bike Race Series
The VRD Town Mountain Bike Race Series has been postponed until we reach Phase 2 of the public health orders. The spring short track series was rescheduled for September, and the first few races of the town series - the Minturn Mini Kids Only Race, Eagle Ranch Classic and Davos Dash - have been postponed until later in the summer. There will be a number of changes to the race format to allow for social distancing and to meet public health guidelines, and these will be communicated as we are able to hold races. Mountain bikers are encouraged to participate in the virtual "PLAYdemic Challenge" we'll be launching next week, please check vailrec.com soon for more details. Contact
for more information on the mountain bike race series.
VAIL RECREATION DISTRICT SUMMER CAMPS
Camp Vail and Pre Kamp Vail
As licensed day camps, we have been working closely with the Colorado State Childcare Licensing and Eagle County Public Health to offer Camp Vail and Pre Kamp Vail this summer. We are planning to open Camp Vail beginning on June 1 and Pre Kamp Vail on June 8, pending approval to do so by state and local officials. All VRD programs in the summer of 2020 are for Eagle County residents. If your child does not attend a school or childcare in Eagle County, you will need to provide proof of your full-time residency or ownership of your home in the Town of Vail or within Eagle County. For more information on summer day camps, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp Eco Fun and Mountain Bike Camps
We have also been working with Eagle County Public Health to prepare for the opening of Phase 2, which would include opening Camp Eco Fun and Mountain Bike Camps. We are unable to guarantee when Phase 2 will begin, however we will be ready to open Camp Eco Fun and Mountain Bike Camps at the end of June, if we reach Phase 2 by then. Remember, these camps will be restricted to Eagle County residents only. If the VRD is unable to offer either of these camps this summer, we will provide a full refund. For more information on these camps, contact
Unfortunately, LEGO camp does not qualify for opening in Phase 1 of the Eagle County Public Health Order. Therefore, this camp is canceled. If you have signed up for this camp, we will cancel your registration and refund you in full for this camp. Please reach out to
for more information.
Extreme Camp Vail & VRD Camp Unleashed
Unfortunately, we are canceling all extreme camps this summer as they rely on field trips as part of the core experience and we are not able to provide adequate social distancing while transporting children. We will cancel your registration and refund you in full for these camps. If you need care in Camp Vail for that day, you can go to vailrec.com to register. Contact
for more information.
Summer Sports Camps
Summer sports camps will begin if we reach Phase 2 in time for the start of the camp dates. Some camps have already been canceled, including all June golf camps, Next Level Soccer Camp and all skateboard clinics this summer. Continue to reference vailrec.com for the most up-to-date information on sports camps this summer.
Adult leagues, including softball, volleyball and cornhole, will begin in Phase 2, pending approval from public health officials and with modified rules and protocols to ensure all health guidelines can be met. All adult golf lesson programs have been canceled for the month of June. Visit vailrec.com for more information as seasons draw near.
All information included here is subject to change, but we look forward to seeing you back in our facilities and programs as soon as we are able to do so safely and responsibly. Thank you for your support during these challenging times.