The Summit County Council added another 325 acres of open space to its holdings after approving a land transfer from the state to the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District at its Wednesday, Aug. 6 meeting.
The open space parcel is located in upper Summit Park and adjacent land ownership includes the densely populated community of Summit Park to the north, public watershed lands owned by Salt Lake City and the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest to the west, and private, undeveloped range and forestland to the south and east, according to a staff report prepared by the district's Planning and Project Manager Will Pratt.
The parcel was owned by the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, and according to the staff report, the state was not interested in managing the land for the long-term. Last year, the recreation district renewed discussions with the state about Basin Recreation acquiring the parcel and the associated deed for the sum of $100.
The County Council first reviewed this proposal in September 2013, and following a discussion, Council asked Basin Recreation to provide more information and details regarding the parcel prior to the Council's determination on the request, the staff report said.
A Memorandum of Understanding between the state, the district and Summit County was required to be approved by County Council to transfer the land. Once the MOU was approved, District Director Rena Jordan was authorized to execute the transaction.
There are about four miles of existing non-motorized biking and hiking trails on the open space parcel which are currently maintained by the recreation district.
Jordan said the district might create some connecting trails for the trails already built.