NORTH 0509 LTE Barnhart open space

Posted 5/7/19

Keep open space open I recently learned that Water2025 is considering taking the Overland Trail Open Space, (on 108th Avenue between Old Wadsworth and Wadsworth Parkway) as a site for a new Water …

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NORTH 0509 LTE Barnhart open space

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Keep open space open

I recently learned that Water2025 is considering taking the Overland Trail Open Space, (on 108th Avenue between Old Wadsworth and Wadsworth Parkway) as a site for a new Water Treatment Facility. It is one of two sites being considered.

This land was purchased with money collected from the Westminster Open Space sales tax and the Westminster Open Space Advisory Committee has called it a number one priority. It’s been in the Westminster Comprehensive Plan for over a decade.

Now, Water2025 team rates it a low priority. Rod Larsen, Westminster’s Open Space manager said it would be a tough sell in an email to the Water2025 team:

“The fact that this is (open space) is a huge issue. The (City of Westminster) has not “sold” (open space) for a different land use on a large scale like this other than small right‐of‐way parcels needed for road improvement/enlargement. This would take a massive and strategic outreach campaign in order to sell it to the citizens. It should be kept in mind that we will also be going back to the voters to approve an extension, and possible sunset, within the next 5‐10 years of the (open space) tax. This could be a negative component that could jeopardize public support.”

I don’t know if it’s illegal to re-purpose Open Space and use it for a water treatment facility, but I do know it is unethical.

Please email Water2025 and the City Council and ask them to protect our Open Space!

Blair Barnhart,

Westminster

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