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Eagle County considers more open space purchases

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Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyThe Eagle County commissioners are considering the purchase of two pieces of property for open space. The "Nottingham Red Dirt Parcel" is a 232-acre parcel located along the Colorado River and Red Dirt Creek. The second property is an approximate 10-acre parcel near the green bridge in Dotsero.

EAGLE, Colorado – The Eagle County Board of Commissioners will consider the purchase of two properties along the Colorado River for open space during its meeting on Tuesday.

The meeting will take place at 9 a.m. April 19 in the Eagle County Room, located at 500 Broadway in Eagle. If approved, the purchases would be made through the county’s Open Space Fund, which can only be used for the purchase, acquisition and preservation of open space. Both properties would provide public access to the river.

The first property, known as the Nottingham Red Dirt Parcel, is a 232-acre parcel located along the Colorado River and Red Dirt Creek, about 13 miles from Interstate 70. The site has historically been used for agricultural activities and contains historic homestead cabins. Public river access as well as access to adjoining federal open space land would be available through the property. The purchase price is $2.25 million.

The second property is an approximate 10-acre parcel located immediately north of the CDOT boat takeout area near the green bridge in Dotsero. This parcel is also intended to provide parking and boating access to the Colorado River. The purchase price for this property is $700,000.

“Eagle County is committed to not only maintaining the current level of protections for the section of the Colorado River flowing through our backyard, but working to enhance these protections,” said Commissioner Jon Stavney. “Our goal is to grow the aquatic, aesthetic and recreational resources this stretch of river has to offer. We believe key property acquisitions remain critical to this goal.”

The county intends to partner with the Bureau of Land Management in funding and managing these parcels and is currently supporting the BLM’s application for Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars to be applied to the purchases.-

“The county is working closely with the BLM to make nearly 250 acres of riverfront property available for use by the general public,” said Commissioner Peter Runyon. “We continue to work collaboratively with the BLM on identifying parcels appropriate for acquisition and to leverage local dollars with federal funds to obtain the most useful and strategic properties.”

Upon ratification of the purchase agreement, the county will approach the Open Space Advisory Committee for open space funding. The agreement indicates a transfer of the property will occur in late summer.

To comment in advance of Tuesday’s meeting, visit http://www.eaglecounty.us/Commissioners/Meeting_Agendas/ and choose “Comment on this agenda,” or call 970-328-8751. For more information on the county’s open space program, visit http://www.eaglecounty.us/openspace.

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