Letter: Prescott should buy Granite Dells parcel
The Prescott City Council has an opportunity to honor the intent of our 10-year sales tax increase with a particularly attractive open-space purchase in Granite Dells. The 80-acre parcel that Mr. Wirth, the property owner, is offering for sale to the city would be an exceptional purchase that includes Granite Creek, and would knit together the Watson Lake and Willow Lake recreational areas already purchased by the city. The many hiking trails already heavily used by residents and visitors alike could form a unified system if this property were purchased.
In addition, Mr. Wirth has offered the three acres where the old resort buildings are located to a consortium of recreation/natural history organizations. They could then develop a recreational/outdoors center that could become a focus for outdoors enthusiasts. In addition to gifting this three acres to these groups, which relieves the city of any liability over its management, Mr. Wirth has cooperated with the city in procuring a fair assessment and contract should the purchase go forward.
This beautiful parcel in the center of the Dells can be preserved forever and for all. The chamber of commerce favors this purchase, having a clear-headed view of its tourism and recreational potential.
All that remains is for the City Council to allocate funds from the city's open-space tax revenue. After all, it takes more than streets and sewers to make a town attractive.
Please urge your City Council members to utilize these funds as the citizens intended. Let's not lose this beautiful area to one more development.