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Commissioners to consider more open space

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EAGLE, Colorado – The Eagle County Board of Commissioners will consider approval of a purchase agreement for approximately 17 acres along the Colorado River north of Bond during its regular meeting on Tuesday.

The contract is for $730,000 and includes a condition for obtaining a recommendation from the Open Space Advisory Committee for funding through the county’s dedicated Open Space Fund. The meeting will take place at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Eagle County Room, located at 500 Broadway in Eagle, and will be available for live viewing on ecotv18, channel 18 on local cable systems as well as online at http://www.ecotv18.com.

The board has been actively identifying and acquiring key access parcels to enhance the recreational opportunities along the Colorado River. The Bond property, which contains a boat ramp currently leased by a private fishing outfitter, will be open to the public. The county is also in negotiations with the seller to acquire an assignment of a State Land Board recreation lease for 540 acres immediately upriver from the site.—

“This site will really open up the rafting and fishing opportunities downriver from State Bridge,” said Commissioner Jon Stavney. “Currently, it is a 17-mile float to the next boat ramp. Making this private ramp available to the general public will allow shorter, half-day floats on this section of the river,” he said.

Following Open Space Advisory Committee approval, closing on the property is scheduled for early August. To comment in advance Tuesday’s meeting, visit http://www.eaglecounty.us/Commissioners/Meeting_Agendas/ and choose “Comment on this agenda,” or call 970-328-8705. For more information on the county’s open space program, visit http://www.eaglecounty.us/openspace.-