Purchase price now $17 million, $1 million less for 100 acres more land …841 acres rather than original 742 acres…Purchasing all of the property at once should also speed up the opening of the entire ridge to the public, Woods noted. Trails for hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use are envisioned. The property is currently closed to use to protect winter habitat for big game, but open space officials envision opening it in the spring, with an interim master plan to guide its use.(Droste Open Space Map is below)

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ASPEN REAL ESTATE AND PITKIN COUNTY REAL ESTATE — Pitkin County and the Droste family signed a contract Thursday for an open space deal that adds about 100 acres to the acquisition and drops $1 million from the purchase price. The revised agreement, cemented late Thursday afternoon, was approved by the county Open Space and Trails board of trustees, which has recommended formal approval of a $10 million county allocation for the purchase to county commissioners. The contract spells out the purchase of 841 acres rather than the 742 acres that were originally part of the deal, and sets a Dec. 29 closing date for the entire property…The land encompasses the ridge between the Owl Creek and Brush Creek valleys, extending from near the town of Snowmass Village border almost to Hwy 82.
By Janet Urquhart, Dec. 3, 2010 Aspen Times

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12/03/10 Aspen Times – The proposed Droste Mountain Park Open Space, outlined in red, is now about 100 acres
larger, and the price has dropped to $17 million. (Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails)