When I moved to Park City in 2002, there was talk about the federal govenment handing over some land to the city to preserve as open space. Seven years later, those parcels are finally ours.

This just came in from Rob Bishop's office...

Today, Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) announced that more than 100 acres of federally owned and managed land, commonly known as White Acre and Gambel Oak, have been transferred to Park City. Congressman Bishop and Senator Orrin Hatch successfully secured the land transfer in the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.

“The official conveyance concludes a long and successful journey to place these lands in the hands of the citizens of Park City, who want this preserved as open space,”said Congressman Bishop. “This transfer is the result of years of dedication from Park City’s local leaders and interested parties. Their efforts will assist in ensuring that Park City can control and maintain these areas for the long-term benefit of the community.”

Over 30 years ago, the BLM conducted a study of lands throughout the Park City area that identified parcels of land suitable for transfer to other entities. Among those identified were the parcels commonly known as White Acre and Gambel Oak.

“The Gambel Oak and White Acre parcels are highly prized by the people of Park City. The transfer of these parcels from the BLM to Park City Municipal Corporation could not have happened without the sustained efforts and support of Congressman Bishop and Senator Hatch. We sincerely appreciate their advocacy on behalf of Park City including Congressman Bishop’s sponsorship of the legislation that facilitated the preservation of this significant open space. These parcels will be preserved in perpetuity and represent an important addition to the nearly 7,000 acres of open space in Park City,” said Park City Mayor Dana Williams.

This conveyance of more than 100 acres of federally owned and managed lands to the City of Park City will ensure the preservation of undeveloped open space for both wildlife habitat and recreation.