Salt Lake County Pledges $1.5m to Preserve Bonanza Flat

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Park City officials said earlier this week they would make up any gap to ensure the $38 million required to buy an area known as Bonanza Flat would be raised, but they said they needed support from Salt Lake County — and now they have it.

Salt Lake County Council announced Tuesday it will pitch in $1.5 million toward the effort to buy 2 square miles (5 square kilometers) of the open space atop Big Cottonwood Canyon, paving the way for meeting a fundraising goal to preserve the area just two days before a sale deadline.

Developers had eyed the property to build some kind of luxury, gated housing community. Had that plan gone forward, public access to the land would cease.

Park City voters started the charge to stop developers by approving a $25 million bond.

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