Knot the deal |

Knot the deal


The Summit County Open Space Program is wheeling and dealing to save an important piece of urban open space, and it needs the help of Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).GOCO is the lottery-funded state program that protects open space among several recreation-oriented endeavors.The deal to buy the 27.96 Bashore property between Silverthorne and Wildernest is so important to the Open Space Advisory Council and neighborhood interests that it will be pursued before GOCO can respond.Here’s why. The property borders Interstate 70. It has a for-sale sign on it. The price was just reduced from $549,900 to $335,000 if it can be closed quickly.It protects a de factor open space connector between Silverthorne and the Mesa Cortina neighborhoods.It would connect two adjacent open space properties, protect views and provide for wildlife migration.It could be crucial to connecting the just-built Ryan Gulch paved pathway and a proposed trail looping Silverthorne and connecting to the Summit County recreation path.It could provide the opportunity to construct the Mesa Cortina Greenway Trail identified in the Silverthorne Parks, Trails and Open Space Master Plan.County officials are asking GOCO for 50 percent of the purchase price. The remainder would be shouldered by Open Space, Silverthorne, the Buffalo Mountain Metropolitan District, the Mesa Cortina Water and Sanitation district and the Cortina Property Owners Association.The high level of cooperation on the deal is telling of the consensus built around the property’s importance to the public and the environment.We urge GOCO to see the wisdom of this purchase. The funds will be used to replenish the county’s open space fund which is soon to be pressed for its half of the $9 million B&B Mines open space purchase. The B&B purchase. Remember that 1,840-acre deal that is history in the making. It was supposed to close last June but keeps getting pushed back.We hear local officials are still trying to tie up loose ends with the state Attorney General’s Office. Here’s hoping the deal is soon knotted.

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