Parties get money back for Basalt open space deal |

Parties get money back for Basalt open space deal

EAGLE COUNTY ” Eagle County chipped in $1.25 million last year to preserve the Grange Ranch near Basalt as open space. Last week, the county got some of that money back.

The county partnered with Pitkin County and the town of Basalt to conserve the 235-acre ranch ” 47 of which is in Eagle County. The total price was $5 million; Pitkin County contributed $3 million, and Basalt paid $750,000.

The parties applied for a Great Outdoors Colorado grant after the purchase was made and recently found out they received about $800,000 to put toward the purchase. The money was divided up based on the original amounts that were contributed. Eagle County got $200,000 back.

The cattle ranch is located just downvalley from Big O Tires in Basalt. Most of the ranch is on the south side of Highway 82.

Eagle County and Basalt got a title to a portion of the ranch that is in Eagle County that borders the Roaring Fork River.

The governments also bought 16.6 acres of wetlands, including the banks of the Roaring Fork, owned by the Granges on the north side of Highway 82.

Eagle County also partnered with Great Outdoors Colorado and Pitkin County to preserve the Emma Open Space, an 80-acre parcel that borders the Grange Ranch to the west and lies in Pitkin and Eagle counties.

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