Letters to the Editor, May 31-June 3, 2017
Submissions from Park Record readers
May 30, 2017
Student encourages citizens to contribute to Bonanza Flats
As a 13-year-old seventh-grader and the future of Park City, I would like to urge people to donate for the preservation of open space. My seventh-grade class at Park City Day School is currently learning about our local government and we are trying to raise awareness about Bonanza Flats.
Bonanza Flats is 1,350 acres of flat land full of wildlife, aspen groves, alpine lakes, beautiful scenery, and peaks of the Central Wasatch Mountains. Many bikers and hikers use this land, and it is visible from the top of McConkey’s ski lift. The property is currently owned by a firm called Redus. If Park City does not purchase this land, it's likely to become a gated community closed off to the public. Hikers and bikers won't be able to use it. In order to purchase this land, Park City needs to raise $38 million.
The Park City passed a bond to acquire this land and will be supplying $25 million which means we need to raise $13 million. Several organizations are pitching including utahopenlands.org, saveourcanyons.org, mountaintrails.org and many more. Summit County has agreed to fund $5.75 million, and other government entity commitments have approved now total $1,750,000. We still need about $2.5 million. If each household from Summit, Wasatch, and Salt Lake County participated, each would only need to donate $8 to reach this goal.
We encourage you to donate to http://www.savebonanzaflats.org. Savebonanzaflats.org will refund your money if they do not reach the required amount and your donations are tax exempt. The deadline for donations is on June 15t, so if you are interested in donating, please do so before this date.
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