On Tuesday, June 13, Park City confirmed it would purchase Bonanza Flats and keep the area open to the public. The acquisition was made possible largely due to fundraising efforts from small donors and strong public support to save the area from private development. You can read more here.
In April we published an article written by Contributor Kyle Jenkins about the efforts underway to protect Bonanza Flats in Utah's Wasatch Mountains. An area beloved by hikers, mountain bikers, and used by a lot of outdoor recreationalists on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, Bonanza Flats is slated to be sold to developers and converted into a private gated community.
For months, a coalition of organizations including our partners Save Our Canyons and Winter Wildlands Alliance have teamed up to raise the $38 million to buy the parcel of land to keep it public. They have worked tirelessly with the local governments to make the case that Bonanza Flats should stay public, and they need our help to raise the final $2.6 million to make this a reality.
The finish line is close, as is the final deadline. The groups working to protect Bonanza Flats have until June 15, 2017, to raise as much of the funding as they can and to continue to pressure Salt Lake County to also support the efforts with minimal public funds.
Now it's our turn to help get this to the finish line...
While it may seem like a small drop in a large bucket, we can be instrumental in helping to get this project done. Through midnight on Monday, June 12, all donations to OutdoorProject.org will go to saving Bonanza Flats, and in addition we will match donations up to $500. If the goal is not met, your donation will be returned.
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