Laramie City Council to Consider Land Donation for Parks,Trails and Habitat
The Laramie City Council will consider a resolution to accept a land donation during their meeting tomorrow night.
Todd Feezer, Parks and Recreation Department director, said the parcel of land is about 41 acres and is located north of the Laramie Greenbelt, just past Curtis Street. Feezer said the land encompasses a large portion of the Laramie River.
The land is being donated by the Wyoming Central Land and Improvement Company to be used for parks, trails, habitat protection and open space.
“In the Parks and Recreation master plan, it calls for the extension of the Laramie Greenbelt,” Feezer said. “We have a chance to protect that and to get into the city ownership so it wouldn’t be developed or wouldn’t become anything else other than nice river access and a good use for the community.”
Feezer said it is a good connector to expand the Greenbelt trail system to the north and potentially work on a full loop around the city of Laramie.
According to City Council agenda documents, the land will be used to establish natural areas along the Laramie River and has been placed under a Safe Harbor Agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service related to the reintroduction of the Wyoming Toad.
The Wyoming Central Land and Improvement Company has been actively involved in the U.S Fish and Wildlife Wyoming Toad recovery project, according to the Resolution 2017-73.
“We are super excited Wyoming Central Land and Improvement Company chose to donate this property to us,” Feezer said. “It will be a benefit to this company for many years to come.”