- Associated Press - Saturday, December 26, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The city of Casper has postponed a proposed land swap for access to a popular Casper Mountain trail that passes through private property because of difficulty getting a gas line easement, and city officials are looking for another piece of property to offer.

The land swap is being considered after landowner Michael Reed contacted the city about exchanging his property on the Bridle Trail for a city lot.

Reed owns 110 acres on Casper Mountain and in the past has attempted to block access to the upper loop, which is popular with hikers, joggers and mountain bikers.

“We were aware that (the gas line) went through there,” said Liz Becher, the city’s community development director. “But it’s a process to get it abandoned, and we were not aware that process could not be done.”

The city wants a big portion of Bridle Trail to belong to the public. Some people object to the proposed trade, but city officials are going ahead with the plan, the Casper Star-Tribune reported (https://tinyurl.com/pqtdtvc).

Once the city identifies a new parcel and an agreement is in place, officials hope to schedule another public hearing.

“Recreation is one of Council’s three strategic goals,” Mayor Charlie Powell said in a statement. “The proposed land trade allows the city to oversee the trail connection between Rotary Park and the Bridle Trail … this is a wonderful opportunity for the city of Casper.”


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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