Bonanza Flat Community Preserve is approximately 1,350 acres of undeveloped backcountry majesty nestled in the upper elevations of the Wasatch Mountains among alpine meadows and lakes. It lies beyond Deer Valley Resort, on the back side of Guardsman Pass from Brighton Resort, and above Midway’s Wasatch State Park. This recreational paradise, known for its wildlife, scenic and ecological values, seemed destined for development until, in 2016, the possibility of purchasing the land for preservation became reality.
How the Preservation Effort Began
On November 8, 2016, Park City residents overwhelmingly voted to tax themselves up to $25 million in hopes that Bonanza Flats could be purchased and preserved as open space. With a $38 million total price tag, the future of the largest Wasatch recreational backcountry was in a precarious state and the $13 million gap between the purchase price and the bond amount was one of significance. Park City Municipal along with local recreational, environmental, and conservation non-profits, the community, and various local governmental jurisdictions came together to raise, dollar by dollar, the money to close the deal. On June 15, 2017, Park City and Utah Open Lands along with their partners, announced that the total purchase price fundraising goal was achieved.
Bonanza Flat Saved, Now Stewardship Begins
Bonanza Flat will be forever protected from development and it could not have been accomplished without everyone who contributed to this effort. Now begins the task of careful stewardship and analysis of the critical conservation values connected to the land to ensure its protection forever.
Utah Open Lands is the land trust that will hold the conservation easement. The biggest task will be finding ways to ensure we all are positive stewards of the many conservation values that exist on Bonanza Flat.
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Bonanza Flat Community Preserve Jurisdictional input meeting
June 11, 2017
Led by Heinrich Deters and Wendy Fisher
On June 15 Park City Municipal acquired the 1,350 acre Bonanza Flat property and the first part of the process is to get input from the stakeholder jurisdictions and explain the process for moving forward on preservation goals. We asked for input on the overlying conservation values from the following jurisdictions present:
Summit Council County – Doug Clyde
Park City Council – Jack Thomas and Andy Beerman
SLC Public Utilities Department – Director Laura Briefer
Wasatch County Council – Steve Ferrel (also representing Midway Irrigation Company)
Midway City – Mayor Colleen Bonner
Wasatch State Park -- Tracy See
US Forest Service – Bekee Hotze
Metro Water – Mike Wilson
Snyderville Basin Recreation District --Bob Radke
CITY COUNCIL REPORTS AND MINUTES
Oct 6, 2017, Bond Voter Pamphlet: Report