Redstone river parcels acquired as open space


Redstone river parcels acquired as open space


ASPEN - Pitkin County Open Space and Trails on Friday, Dec. 27, 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.


“We bought the public a beach for Christmas,” quipped Dale Will, Open Space and Trails director.


The property includes a popular beach on the Crystal, just upstream of the north Redstone bridge. While the public has long made use of the sandy spot – one of the few beaches in Pitkin County - it was located on private property. Its future as a public play spot is now secure, Will said.


In all, the open space contains more than a mile of river frontage between the confluence of Coal Creek and the Crystal and the beach area. Public ownership of the land will also facilitate efforts to restore the mouth of Coal Creek, Will said.


The sellers of the property were the Louis Meade Harker Family Trust, the William Robert Delaney Trust and John A. Reeves.


Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013