County buys Brush Creek property for $1.6 million | VailDaily.com

County buys Brush Creek property for $1.6 million

EAGLE – Eagle County now owns the Brush Creek/Eagle River confluence site just west of Eagle.

On Friday morning, county officials closed on the deal with former owners Ralph and Sherrie Seago. The county paid $1.6 million for the former 7.2-acre Eagle Auto Recycling and Towing property.

The majority of the money -$905,056 – came from the county’s open space fund, which was created by a voter-approved open space tax and specifies that all dollars collected must go to the acquisition and maintenance of open space parcels in the county.

Because the county eventually intends to use part of the property for a second access to the Eagle County Fairgrounds site, part of the land purchase money came from the county’s capital improvements fund.

The town of Eagle contributed $160,000 from its open space fund to help buy the property.

Town and county officials plan to open part of the new open space parcel to fishermen this summer. As for the rest of the property, the plan is to reclaim the land in natural vegetation for a passive park area. While the county wants to eventually build an access road at the site, there is no funding yet established for the road.