Commemorative Naming Nomination

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To connect Vail's past, present and future, a nomination process has been established to recognize social, environmental, and economic influences for the naming or commemoration of Town-owned properties, including parks, plazas, streets, buildings, and interior spaces.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations must be in writing and will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Does the naming inspire future generations to celebrate a historical figure, place, event, or other instance of historical or cultural significance?
  • Does the naming involve a natural or geological feature?
  • Does the naming involve an individual or individuals whose legacy is well documented in how the actions have shaped Vail in the past or present and/or how it will influence Vail in the future?
  • Does the naming honor a fallen community member in recognition of their life’s passion?
  • Does the naming formalize a nickname or common use identification?
  • Does the naming honor an individual or individuals as a stipulation of a donation of property or financial contribution?
  • Is the naming timeless in that it reflects the tradition, continuity, and values of the community in perpetuity?
  • Is there a circumstance where a renaming is warranted to address historical accuracy or a circumstance of dishonor?

Nomination Evaluation Process

  • Once submitted by the nominator, the nomination will be evaluated by members of the Town of Vail Cultural Heritage Preservation and Programs Committee with follow up research conducted as needed to complete its due diligence.
  • Nominations approved by the Cultural Heritage Committee will be forwarded to the Vail Town Council for formal consideration to be presented at a public meeting in which the Town Council may approve, deny, or modify the recommendation. The nominator will be invited to offer comment during the public meeting in support of the nomination.
  • During its formal review, Town Council may choose to direct the Committee and/or Town staff to continue with additional fact finding, budget and design assessments, project schedules, etc., with additional project updates to Town Council as necessary to bring closure to the nomination. It should be noted that initial approval of a nomination by the Town Council is preliminary and does not commit expenditures to carry out a nomination or commemoration. This action can only be completed as part of the Town’s budget adoption process.
  • Nominators whose applications are not approved by the Cultural Heritage Committee and/or Town Council will be informed of the decision. Nominators may resubmit a more detailed application after three (3) months. If the revised application fails to receive support by the Cultural Heritage Committee and/or Town Council, any further attempts by the nominator will be suspended for a minimum of one (1) year.


Fill out the Commemorative Naming Nomination Form to make a nomination. 

Naming Exhibit A