Open space money requested for Vail land |

Open space money requested for Vail land

Scott N. Miller

EAGLE COUNTY ” A group of neighbors has put up money to preserve about 2.7 acres of open land in Vail. Now they’re asking for help.

The land, which is adjacent to Stephens Park in outer west Vail near Intermountain, is private property between the park and U.S. Forest Service land. When people in the neighborhood heard the land might be sold for development, they went to the town government and to the Eagle Valley Land Trust.

The land trust took a request for money to the Eagle County Open Space Committee, an advisory board that makes recommendations to the county commissioners on how to spend the roughly $3 million per year collected by a special tax dedicated to buying open space.

That board last week voted 10-0 to ask the commissioners to free up about $60,000 to help buy the land. But the county won’t be the only contributor to the $360,000 purchase.

The Vail Town Council has agreed to put $230,000 into the deal, and neighbors have raised another $55,000. In addition, the homeowners association of the Meadow Creek condominiums has put in $10,000.

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“This is a popular area among area residents,” said Eagle Valley Land Trust Director Cindy Cohagen. “It’s a neat deal.”

If approved by the commissioners, the property would be owned by Vail. The land trust would hold and enforce a contract called a “conservation easement” that prevents any future development on the land.

If the purchase goes through, the public would be able to use the land, Cohagen said.

“This is the right thing to do, for the right reasons, and it’s being done the right way,” she said.

The public hearing is scheduled to start at 1:45 p.m. in the Eagle County Room in the county administration building in Eagle. The commissioners may vote to spend the money at that meeting.

Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14624, or

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