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Letters: Donate whatever you can to save a part of Park City’s heritage

Give again, or for the first time


There is an urgent need for all of us to respond to saving the Osguthorpe Farm along Old Ranch Road, preserving this 158-acres from development — saving it from development with concrete, asphalt and other non-water absorbing materials, that do not contribute to water-table, unlike the Osguthorpe Farm does.

We only have until the end of this month, basically 15 more days, to raise the money to save this heritage piece of precious land — that has been here almost “forever,” and also which is one of the reasons why we all moved here in the first place — agricultural heritage and open space.

We’re almost there, but not yet! Whether you have a dollar or perhaps more, please donate as soon as possible to wesaveland.org/osguthorpe, or call Summit Land Conservancy and donate there, too.

We’re so close, but without your help, it may not happen, so please give again, or for the first time, whatever you can, to save a big part of our heritage of Summit County and the Park City community.

As Camilla Kragius reminded us last week, even an 8-year-old young man, Tenneson Klein, donated his entire life savings, and is still fundraising to save the Osguthorpe Farm. If Tenneson can donate all his money with his heart, so should we all, with whatever we can, to SAVE THE FARM!

Thank you so much!

Donna VanBuren
Park City


Finish line is within sight


It is coming down to the final days of the effort to close the “deal” for the Osguthorpe Farm. The Summit Land Conservancy is seeking to ensure that the 158-acre farm located just off S.R. 224 remains the Green Heart of the Basin. By arranging Ffderal grants ($8.8 million), a significant concession from the appraised value by the owners ($3.9 million) and donations from the community ($4.4 million), Summit Land will keep the farm as it is, a working farm, green space and treasure for the Park City community.

There is only one problem, a $600,000 shortfall that must be addressed before the end of March.

Rare is it that 158 acres can be saved by additional gifts of just $3,800 per acre ($600,000/158 acres). Summit Land has received several matching gift opportunities and a host of other incentives remain available to encourage prospective donors. But the single biggest motivation may be the thought that, despite the significant resources raised to date, the project may go for naught. Should the $600,000 gap not be closed over the next two weeks, the key elements of the funding raised so far will go away and with it the legacy of farm acreage in that part of the Basin.

Please take a look at the Summit Land Conservancy web page (www.wesaveland.org). Think about the impact that your contribution can make to the future of the community. The finish line is within sight, help make this important effort a reality.

Jack Rubin
Park Meadows

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