Pitkin County Open Space and Trails on Friday finalized the purchase of about 21 acres along the Crystal River at Redstone.
The $140,000 purchase encompasses two strips of land. The southern parcel is contiguous to Elk Park and Redstone Park, both open space properties that border the river, as well as the Redstone Boulders Open Space.
The property includes a beach on the Crystal, just upstream of the north Redstone bridge. While the public has long made use of the sandy spot, it was located on private property. Its future as a public play spot is now secure, said Dale Will, director of Open Space and Trails.
In all, the open space contains more than a mile of river frontage between the beach area and the confluence of Coal Creek and the Crystal.
The sellers of the property were the Louis Meade Harker Family Trust, the William Robert Delaney Trust and John A. Reeves.