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Town of Avon launches two new electric buses and Updates from the Town

February 21, 2023

IAvon puts two electric buses into service

Avon welcomed its first electric buses into service in June, 2022, marking a significant step in transitioning Avon’s diesel transit fleet to zero-emission vehicles. The $2M purchase was made possible with a Federal Transit Authority Low-No Emission Vehicle Grant. The $1.6M grant helped purchase two 35’ electric battery Proterra buses. The new additions, coupled with the Town’s commitment to renewable energy with Holy Cross Energy, are key components of the Town’s strategy toward reaching Avon’s Climate Action Goals.

TOA electric buses  

Ice skating on Nottingham Lake


After a one-year hiatus due to above average temperatures and less than ideal weather conditions, Nottingham Lake is open for ice skating. The ice is only available contingent upon weather and ice rink conditions.
The Town is planning to operate the ice rink through February but dates and hours may be adjusted based on staffing, weather or ice conditions. The Recreation Department manages the ice rink and provides skate rentals and concessions out of the Metcalf Cabin in Harry A. Nottingham Park. Community members and visitors with their own skates can enjoy use of the Nottingham Lake ice rink for free but are required to sign a liability waiver. Skaters can enjoy hot cocoa, s’mores, fire pits, music, seasonal lighting and beautiful views!
The ice rink is open Monday through Friday, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. The hours of operation are subject to change based on staffing, weather and ice quality. An Open skate section and recreational hockey area will be available daily. “Box hockey” goals will be provided on the west end of the ice rink, running north and south.
Updates on ice rink status, operations or programs can be found online at AvonRec.org, Avon Recreation’s social media pages or by calling the Recreation Center front desk at 970-748-4060.

La Zona’ Planning Project Ready for Community Feedback

Open House on Monday, February 13 at 5:30 p.m. 

After several months of planning work, “La Zona” conceptual plans will be rolled out in February.  “La Zona” is considered to be the “Heart of Avon” and is located at the crossroads of Harry A. Nottingham Park and the Town core.  La Zona is Avon’s core civic area including the Recreation Center, old Fire Station site (aka 351 Benchmark), and the Pedestrian Mall between the Season’s Building and Avon Center.  The Town is seeking feedback on conceptual plans starting with an Open House on Monday, February 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Avon Town Hall.  A community survey will be launched the same day.  

Conceptual plans reveal several expansion possibilities for the Recreation Center, ranging from a new weight room, functional fitness space and multi-use child watch, all  to an eight-lane competition-sized pool expansion.  Preliminary concepts for the 351 Benchmark property include a skate park or a community building that could offer event and/or art space.

In 2016, Avon’s Main Street Pedestrian Mall was completed. It surrounds the Wyndham hotel and was partially finished to Mikaela Way, but was not completed due to potential adjacent developments. The La Zona plans show multiple plaza spaces and activation elements that leverage existing spaces.

Upcoming Schedule:
February 13 – Community Open House & Survey Launch
March 21 – Joint Planning and Zoning/Town Council Meeting
April – Next Steps Determined

For questions or more information, please contact Planning Director Matt Pielsticker at
(970) 748-4413 or mpielsticker@avon.org or Recreation Director Michael Labagh at (970) 748-4446 or mlabagh@avon.org.

No Plastic Bags in Avon


Avon’s local ordinance is not impacted by recent changes to Colorado law

Recent changes to Colorado law do not impact Avon’s plastic bag ban and $0.10 paper bag fee. Businesses in Avon are subject to the Avon regulations instead of the new state law, and retailers in Avon are not permitted to provide plastic bags to customers at any point of sale.

The Town of Avon has had a plastic bag ban and $0.10 paper bag fee since May 1, 2018. Avon’s regulations were put in place through Ordinance 17-08 and are different than the recent updates to the State regulations.  As a home rule municipality, Avon’s regulations supersede State law and the recent implementation of the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act.

As of January 1, 2023, Colorado state law requires retail stores statewide to charge $0.10 per paper or plastic bag provided to customers at checkout. This law was put in place through Colorado HB21-1162, the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act.

Avon businesses will continue the current practice of not allowing the use of plastic bags, even with the recent state law changes. Avon businesses must charge a $0.10 paper bag fee. Stores containing at least 4,000 square feet of retail space must remit all of the fees to the Town for recycling, composting and other waste diversion programs, including outreach and education activities. Avon retailers operating in less than 4,000 square feet of retail space may retain one hundred percent (100%) of the fees.
For more information or questions, please visit avon.org/bags or email our Sustainability Coordinator Charlotte Lin clin@avon.org.

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