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Due diligence needed

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:How ironic is it that the largest picture, the one with the cows grazing in your Times Weekly story “Parks Aplenty,” is actually a picture of Aspen’s last working cattle ranch, which is caught in the middle of Aspen’s open-space land grab?Add this to the fact that the picture in question was taken from a parcel of land that was dedicated public open space. That is, before the city squandered it into the driving range and first three holes of the very private Maroon Creek Club. No geese allowed. I am surprised your photographer didn’t get bounced.The real Burlingame exists to the photographer’s left, and behind. It is the “one of Aspen’s largest open space parcels” that is currently covered with survey stakes flagging its impending doom.And why wasn’t North Star Nature Preserve, one of the open space crown jewels, mentioned? Does the city need to wait for the county to squeeze the remaining nature preservation out of it before they can call it a park or open space?It has been years since the commissioners declared the nature preserve open for commercial use. A few bird-mouthing paragliders and fly fishermen are more important than the few hundred elk and numerous other forms of wildlife that used to call this “nature preserve” home.All of these changes to our public open space were brought on in spite of the fact it was against the wishes of the original donors. Anyone thinking of gifting their land to the city or county should do their “due diligence” on the above-mentioned parcels.Roger HollowellAspen


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