Our mission: SAVE the Rossie Hill Historic Open Space in Park City, UT.
This 2.5 acre urban open space is located on Deer Valley Drive after the “Condo Canyon” following the Deer Valley roundabout. This parcel, owned by the BLM for over 100 years, is remarkable for its uncommon variety:
Historical: It holds historic significance for its cluster of National Historic Register, mining-boom houses with a notorious, red-light district past.
Recreational: It includes an established trailhead and well-loved recreational trails which were built by the Mountain Trails Foundation and are an integral part of the Park City trail network.
Ecological: It houses the fall breeding grounds for moose and deer, is the last available access for Rossie Hill wildlife to make their way to their only source of drinking water, and is a migration path between upper Rossie Hill Open Space to the Aerie Open Space.
Recent resolution of a 35-year, ownership rights struggle has put part of this property into private ownership, marking the beginning of a new era for this unique piece of land. The zoning overlay for the Rossie Hill Historic Open Space is currently RM (Residential Medium Density). Because of the RM zoning, a 0.33 acre piece of Rossie Hill Historic Open Space recently acquired by a local land developer would allow the building of 10 residential units! Imagine the number of units that could be built on the full 2.5 acre lot with a precedent of this density!
Now is the time for our Park City community to design a “big picture” plan for the whole of this one-of-a-kind property, rather than dealing with portions of the property, piecemeal, as they are made available by the BLM and in turn made available to Park City's very ambitious land development community.
We the undersigned declare:
1) We support the restoration and preservation of the historic mining-era homes.
2) We support the preservation of the irreplaceable open space for future generations, the protection of vulnerable wildlife, and for the advancement of community’s trail network.
3) We respectfully request that Park City officials rezone the entirety of BLM parcel 18, inclusive of PC-537 (632 Deer Valley Loop), to insure the protection of this open space from any new land development.