Park City Council offers $25,000 personal dollars in challenge grant for Bonanza.
Park City: APRIL 4, 2017: The five members of the Park City Council and the Mayor are using personal funds to offer a $25,000 challenge grant to help spur gifts to raise the last of the money needed to purchase 1,350 acres of Bonanza Flats. Beginning on Tuesday, April 4th, donations to any of the nonprofit coalition for Bonanza will be matched dollar for dollar until the challenge grant is met. Coalition members include, Utah Open Lands, Save our Canyons, Mountain Trails Foundation and Summit Land Conservancy.
“I feel we have to put our money where our mouth is,” says Park City Mayor, Jack Thomas. “We all came here for the mountains and the environment. Bonanza Flat is an opportunity to actively help save what we love.”
72% of Park City voters approved a $25 million bond for Bonanza in November, but that left $13 million to raise from other sources by the June 15th deadline. Substantial contributions from Summit County and Salt Lake City Utilities have shrunk the gap. Last week Utah Open Lands announced that the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake City and Sandy were committing $500,000. “We still have $3 million left to raise, but challenges like this $25,000 match help to keep the momentum going and give the effort an additional boost,” says Wendy Fisher, Director Utah Open Lands.
“City Council is excited to make our personal contribution towards the purchase of Bonanza Flat,” says Councilman Andy Beerman. “We are committed to doing ‘anything it takes’ to protect this amazing and vital piece of land. We consider this a small investment to keep Park City healthy and whole.”
Park City Councilwoman, Nan Worel agrees. “As residents of Park City, my husband and I are excited to have the opportunity to participate in the City Council challenge grant. The community spoke clearly about the importance of preserving Bonanza Flats by voting for the bond and we’ve been inspired by the outpouring of support from community members willing to open their wallets above and beyond what they will pay through the bond. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us and I’m really proud of the way our City and County, as well as private citizens, businesses and surrounding cities and counties, have come together to make it happen.”
Members of the nonprofit coalition report receiving donations from nearly 2,000 individuals. While many of these donors hail from Park City and Salt Lake City, gifts have come from as far away as Florida, Vermont, and Australia.
“This challenge grant is inspiring,” says Cheryl Fox, Executive Director of Summit Land Conservancy in Park City. “By contributing from their own pockets, the council is going beyond establishing good policy for our town, and demonstrating their personal commitment to this iconic landscape.”
To participate in the challenge grant, donors may visit any of the coalition members’ websites: Savebonanzaflat.org, wesaveland.org, or saveourcanyons.org
Contact: Cheryl Fox (435) 649-0220 Director, Summit Land Conservancy
Wendy Fisher (801) 694-9033, Director, Utah Open Lands