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Posted on: July 8, 2021

1,192-acre Goltra property outside Golden set to be preserved by year end

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Spectacular 1,192-acre Goltra property outside Golden set to be preserved by year end
Longtime priority acquisition to be funded by land exchange with Martin Marietta Materials

Golden, Colorado - Win-win is an understatement with this land conservation effort. Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) has worked closely with the Goltra family to continue to permanently preserve 1,192 of the 4,800 acres they own just outside Golden adjacent to Mount Galbraith, Clear Creek Canyon and Centennial Cone Parks. The transaction is on track to be complete by the end of the year. The family previously sold 3,672 acres of their property to Jeffco Open Space that is now Centennial Cone Park. “We are thrilled to be working with Jefferson County Open Space to steward and protect this land so that it can benefit all. My father had an amazing vision of conservation when he worked to amass these individual parcels of land over a span of three decades.  As the region becomes more densely populated, the idea of protecting the pristine beauty of Colorado’s foothills becomes more important than ever. I am delighted to help make his vision a reality with an exceptional organization such as Jefferson County Open Space and create a natural oasis for all our grandchildren’s grandchildren to enjoy,” said Carolyn Goltra.

The acquisition is proposed to be funded by a land exchange with Martin Marietta Materials (MMM) referred to as the Heritage Square Exchange (HSE)In 2020, the County and MMM entered into the HSE agreement that would convey 64 acres of JCOS property near I-70 and US40, in exchange for 131 acres of MMM property including the 56-acre former Heritage Square amusement park. The County was planning to sell the former amusement park property and use the proceeds for other open space and parkland acquisitions once the exchange was complete. When the Goltra acquisition opportunity became a possibility, JCOS asked MMM if they would fund it instead of conveying the 56-acre former Heritage Square property. MMM has agreed to do so and in addition will pay JCOS $150,000 per year for 30 years to help fund ongoing JCOS acquisitions. The HSE agreement will now be amended accordingly. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Martin Marietta to partner with Jeffco Open Space to create a lasting legacy and support the community in which we operate. We are very excited,” said Abbott Lawrence, President of Martin Marietta’s West Division.    

With this amendment, the HSE transaction will preserve 1,267 acres of open space in Jeffco including the Goltra, Bachman Farm, Alpine Slide and Magic Mountain Reservoir properties. “The acquisition of this beautiful property continues our nearly fifty-year long legacy of preserving land for conservation and public enjoyment. We are so pleased to work with the conservation minded Goltra family and Martin Marietta Materials to bring this to fruition. This collection of properties preserves more than double the acreage we acquired in our 2004 exchange with the prior mine owner, LaFarge. That exchange preserved 522 acres, primarily at North Table Mountain Park,” said Tom Hoby, Director of Jefferson County Open Space. 

The next step is for the Goltra land Acquisition and MMM HSE Agreement Amendment to be considered by the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee on August 5, 2021 for their recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners. Subsequently, the Commissioners will consider these proposals at a public hearing in late August or September. Both hearings include opportunities for public comment. 

For more information contact Matt Robbins, Community Connections Manager at mrobbins@jeffco.us or 303-271-5902  

Jeffco Open Space was founded as a land conservation organization in 1972. Our mission is to preserve open space and parkland, protect park and natural resources, and provide healthy, nature-based experiences. Funded with a one-half of one percent sales tax, our organization contributes to city and park district projects, has preserved more than 56,000 acres, and manages 27 open space parks and more than 252 miles of trails in Jefferson County, Colorado.

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