Eagle County commissioners OK midvalley open space expenditure | AspenTimes.com

Eagle County commissioners OK midvalley open space expenditure

EAGLE, Colo. – Eagle County commissioners on Tuesday voted to approve a $2 million allocation toward the purchase of an open space parcel along the Rio Grande Trail in the Emma area of the mid-Roaring Fork Valley.

Commissioners Peter Runyon and Sara Fisher voted to approve the expenditure. Commissioner Jon Stavney was absent but reportedly endorsed the action.

The Saltonstall property, about 145 acres off Hooks Spur Road, is under contract to Pitkin and Eagle counties and the town of Basalt. Pitkin County has approved $1.8 million for its purchase, while Basalt is putting $500,000 toward the acquisition. In addition, the Mid-Valley Trails Committee has committed $50,000, and open space officials are seeking a Great Outdoors Colorado grant for the balance of the $5 million purchase price. July 2 is the deadline to arrange the funding.

The property is in Eagle County near the Pitkin County border. Among its attributes is the potential it offers to create a trail linking the Rio Grande Trail to the Crown, a popular recreational area. The deal also includes the conservation of 25 acres along the Roaring Fork River, on the opposite side of Hooks Spur Road from the remainder of the property.

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