For Immediate Release | December 23, 2016
TOWN OF AVON GRANTS CONSERVATION EASEMENT FOR THE AVON NORTHSIDE PARCELS
Conservation Easement encompasses approximately 97.3 acres of Town owned open space
Avon, CO – At its December 20th Special Meeting, the Avon Town Council granted a perpetual Deed of Conservation Easement for the Avon Northside Parcels, which total 97.3 acres of Town land currently zoned as open space. The Conservation Easement supplements a 5.8 acre open space acquisition on Buck Creek Road by Walking Mountains Science Center, with the financial support of Eagle County Open Space and numerous private donors.
After the Council tabled action on the Conservation Easement at its December 13th Regular Meeting, the Council concluded that elected representatives from the Town of Avon and Eagle County should meet to discuss outstanding issues in the Conservation Easement. The elected officials came together at a meeting on December 19th to reach agreement on a variety of proposed revisions. Subsequently, both entities approved the Conservation Easement at their respective board meetings on December 20th.
“The legacy will be open space and science and environmental education for our community, and most importantly, all of our local kids that grow up here,” said Markian Feduschak, President of Walking Mountains Science Center, at the approval meeting. He thanked the Town Council for looking out for the best interests of their constituents.
Avon resident Phil Brodsky also commended the Town Council for meeting with the Eagle County Commissioners to “Figure out how to make it work for everybody.” He added, “Thank you, on behalf of the Town of Avon and the residents, for preserving the main reason why we moved here…beautiful, Colorado open space country.”
The purpose of the Conservation Easement is to preserve the public access for passive recreation and education, preserve the existing natural habitat, and preserve the scenic values of the open space. Toby Sprunk, Eagle County’s Open Space Director, has summarized how the Conservation Easement is a valuable addition to what is now more than 1,280 acres of mostly contiguous open space land in Avon north of I-70. The lands are shown in the attached map.