“Preserving open space at the foothills of our majestic Franklin Mountains is an important investment in our future. It allows our beautiful desert environment to remain in its natural state for scenic and recreational purposes, and helps to balance land preservation and development,” Mayor Dee Margo said.
The City negotiated a total acquisition price of $3.5 million for approximate 280 acres and the donation of approximately 72 acres valued at $1.3 million. The remaining approximate 14 acres are to be dedicated to the City through a plat. Funding for the land acquisition is a combination of monies approved by voters in 2012 for the preservation and stewardship of El Paso’s natural areas for the public and wildlife, and Public Service Board Dual Purpose Fund.
The effort is part of El Paso’s strategic goal to nurture and promote a healthy and sustainable community. This news follows a 6,000 acre land donation to Frontera from the Federal Government in December.