Bonanza Flat Conservation Area

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The Place

Bonanza Flat Conservation Area 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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CITY COUNCIL REPORTS AND MINUTES

Aug 31, 2017, BF Update to City Council : Report   I   Minutes

Jul 13, 2017, BF Open Space Planning, and Conservation Easement Timeline: Report   I   Minutes

Jun 29, 2017, BF Preliminary Planning: Report   I   Minutes

Jun 15, 2017, Conservation Easement Resolution: Report   I   Minutes

Jun 15, 2017, Grant Agreement with Summit County: Report   I   Minutes

Jun 15, 2017, Open Space Cooperation agreement between PCMC, Summit County: Report Minutes

May 11, 2017, Intent to Place Conservation Easement: Report  Minutes

Mar 9, 2017, Second Option Payment to Extend Closing Date: Report   I  Minutes

Jan 12, 2017, BF (Bonanza Flat) Purchase Agreement: Report   I   Minutes

Nov 3, 2016, Final Public Hearing on Open Space Bond Pre-Election: Report   I   Minutes

Oct 20, 2016, Public Hearing on Open Space Bond: Report  Minutes

Oct 6, 2017, Bond Voter Pamphlet: Report

Sep 15, 2016, Public Hearing for Open Space Bond Proposed: Report  I  Minutes

Aug 11, 2016, Recommendation to Consider Bond Resolution for Open Space: Report   I   Minutes

Aug 4, 2016, City Council Discusses Adopting Bond Resolution for Open Space: Report   I  Minutes

Please visit the Bonanza Flat Community Preserve Facebook page for more updates, photos and other pertinent information.