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East County News Service
January 16, 2019 (Alpine) – The County has announced plans to purchase 98 acres next to Wright’s Field along South Grade Road in Alpine. Combined with an adjacent environmental preserve, the new acquisition will give Alpine residents almost 330 acres of open space.

“This is good news for Alpine as the purchase preserves the land from residential development, and together with the portion of Wright’s Field owned by the Back Country Land Trust, it extends preserved passive parkland right in the middle of our town to a plot nearly 330 acres in size,” George Barnett posted on the Alpine Community Network.

He adds, “This to me is also a fitting tribute to Supervisor Dianne Jacob who is finishing her long and distinguished career in 2020 as Supervisor of the 2nd District and the Backcountry. She has been Alpine’s strongest advocate for conservation, improved roads, better law enforcement, and our local schools, and for parkland.”
The County’s Parks & Recreation Department advised the Alpine Community Planning Group of the planned acquisition.  The County’s planned land purchase is marked in yellow the existing preserve owned by Back Country Land Trust is marked in white.  “ How many towns anywhere have a 330 acre environmental preserve & parkland in their middle?” Barnett asks.
The new parkland is slated for passive uses such as hiking, riding horses, walking dogs or stargazing and could include facilities such as picnic sites, a pavilion and playground.
Separate from this park, the County is also reportedly supporting plans to upgrade playing fields at Joan MacQueen Middle School which could potentially become dual use sports-suited facilities for both the public and the Alpine Union School District.