New facility could be used for in-line skating and special events in the summer
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Vail Resorts is proposing to build an outdoor ice rink on a 0.7-acre site in Keystone’s River Run district, close to the Dakota Lodge in Dercum Square — an area long envisioned as the location for a community hall or chapel.
The resort submitted a development application to Summit County in early April, where the project is under review by the planning department and subject to hearings by the Snake River planning commission and the county commissioners. All the county documents for the proposal are online here.
According to the project narrative, the rink would have a refrigerated surface and removable railings, with pole-mounted lights on the edge of the ring and strings of lighting directly above the ice.
As proposed, the project would limit traffic on Dercum Square to maintenance and emergency vehicles to give the area more a pedestrian feel. In the summer, the paved area could be used for in-line skating, roller skating and special events.
The new rink would result in some uses in existing buildings, with the resortwide check-in facilities in Buffalo Lodge moving to Expedition Station to reduce drive-through traffic on Dercum Square. The guest service area in the Dakota Lodge would be used for skate rentals.
The ice rink would be an allowed use under the neighborhood’s master plan, and meets all the applicable design criteria, according to the narrative.
According to a county planning document, the ice rink development would not preclude future use of the site for a chapel or community hall. Planners said the Dercum Square is identified as a community facility in the master plan and that the ice rink “will be available for the entire community to use and enjoy.”
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