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