Carbondale closes on riverfront property
CARBONDALE, Colorado – The town of Carbondale officially closed Dec. 23 on its purchase of the 7.53-acre former Mt. Sopris RV Park property along the Roaring Fork River, just west of the state Highway 82/133 intersection.The property includes almost 1,300 linear feet of shoreline property, including a popular boat launch used for public fishing, rafting and kayaking.Formerly owned by Stanley and Valerie Koziel, the land was purchased using the final piece of a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) “Crystal Watershed Legacy Grant” obtained by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails, the town of Carbondale and the Aspen Valley Land Trust.A partnership of municipal, county and state funding made the $2.52 million purchase possible, including $1 million in GOCO funds, a $950,000 Colorado Division of Wildlife grant, $470,000 from the town and $100,000 from Garfield County.A master plan will now be completed by the town, and will involve the public to help determine how the property should be developed, managed and maintained for future community, regional and state-wide public use, Carbondale Recreation Director Jeff Jackel said.In 2003, the town completed its gateway river park feasibility study and conceptual design, which identified a variety of recreational improvements for the riverfront area, including trails, a pedestrian bridge, educational and interpretive signage, parking, improved river access, whitewater park features, and improved access to the nearby Red Hill Recreation Area.Another possible use of the newly acquired parcel could be to enhance the existing RV and tent campground for tourists and out-of-town visitors, Jackel said.
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