Pitkin County is poised next week to purchase a patented mining claim above the Hunter Creek Valley and remove the threat of development on the last buildable, private parcel in what’s often dubbed Aspen’s playground. The land sits approximately 1.5 miles above Aspen to the northeast of Red Mountain, close to the Smuggler Mountain Trail, and is very popular  for daily hiking and mountain biking. The county’s open space and trails program has reached a deal to buy the 8.3-acre Virginia Park Lode from Bill and Janet Mohrman for $900,000. County commissioners are scheduled to take action on the purchase Wednesday.
By Janet Urquhart, June 19, 2009, Aspen Times

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