Here comes Froom Ranch Open Space
June 18, 2010
The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County has raised enough money to conserve 310 acres of land west of San Luis Obispo. [Tribune]
This week’s announcement followed a flurry of more than 300 individual donations, capping off the successful fundraising drive to buy property behind the Costco on Los Osos Valley Road. The land, purchased from Phyllis Madonna for $780,000, will be called Froom Ranch Open Space and added to the city’s greenbelt.
When combined with the adjacent Irish Hills Natural Reserve, the city’s western greenbelt will grow to more than 1,000 acres. City officials hope to complete the purchase by July and open the area to the public in early fall after a half-mile connector trail is built on the property.
Initial funding for the project came through a mix of Measure Y sales tax money from San Luis Obispo and donations from groups including the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.
However, donations still fell short by $63,000, prompting officials to launch a drive to raise the final amount. Donald and Mary Smith of San Luis Obispo donated $10,000, as did SunPower, a solar energy company looking to do business on the Carrizo Plain.
Overall, donations ranged from $1000 down to $2.
Froom Ranch will offer multiple recreational activities, including hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing.