Letters to the editor, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2017
November 28, 2017
Park City is home to good people
I recently had the opportunity to take on a project to adopt a couple of U.S. sailors who are currently deployed with my son. These 2 sailors don't receive anything from home for many reasons. Some of their families simply cannot afford it. I got on a Park City Facebook page and asked if anyone might want to donate some snacks and other items so we could really spoil these 2 guys. Then my phone and computer blew up. Our community was all about covering these guys. As a result of the absolutely overwhelming response we were ultimately able to send Christmas packages, letters and cards to 53 (FIFTY THREE!) sailors who the Chief said do not have support from home. It has been an honor and a very humbling experience to see our community rally around this little project and make it huge. So while people bicker about parking, developments and who owns what ski resort, stop for a moment and take a look around you at your friends and neighbors. Whether born or reborn here, Park City is good people.
Protect the Osguthorpe Farm
As ardent proponents of Preserving Open Spaces, Peter and I would like to encourage the Summit County Council, the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District and our citizens to help preserve the Osguthorpe farm property on Old Ranch Road. Park City is an extraordinary and exceptional place to live and visit. Preserving our "open spaces" is paramount to "Keeping Park City Park City". We still have undeveloped swaths of land. We need to preserve them when it's feasible to do so. The Old Ranch Road area is one of the last places in Park City that has managed to maintain its agrarian and pastoral nature. We believe the Snyderville Basin General Plan encourages "any willing" landowners to "preserve our shared agricultural heritage" by entering into conservation agreements. According to Cheryl Fox, Executive Director of the Summit Land Conservancy, there is a federal Farm Bill grant of $8.7M that has been secured by the Summit Land Conservancy to help buy the conservation easement. We encourage the Summit County Council to work with the Summit Land Conservancy to resolve outstanding issues that would allow for both public amenities and full funding from the federal Farm Bill program. We know this decision isn't being taken lightly and we greatly appreciate the efforts of the thoughtful, diligent and dedicated members of the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District, as well as, the commissioners, council, and staff throughout Summit County. To keep the majority of the Old Ranch Road area rural; to safeguard sensitive lands; to preserve surrounding wildlife habitat and provide watershed protection, we support protecting the farm.
Heidi and Peter Gatch
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