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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

City considers what’s next for Cozy Point

Alycin Bektesh
Aspen Public Radio News

Aspen City Council adopted a new management plan for Cozy Point Ranch earlier this spring. The city is now looking to sign some long-term leases on the property.


Equestrian and agricultural operations at Cozy Point Ranch have been operating on an interim basis since 2014, and the city is now asking for bids for 10-year leases.

The city is taking proposals for equestrian, agricultural and educational operations on a 32-acre portion of the ranch.

“We want someone who’s really going to bring ag [agriculture] to the community so that people know where their food is coming from and really engage the community with ag on the land out there,” said Austin Weiss, Aspen’s open space manager.


The deadline for those bids is May 31.

The city is also working to improve drainage on the ranch and stabilize the banks of Brush Creek as it flows through the property. Weiss said they are in the beginning stages of working on trails to connect Cozy Point with downtown Aspen.

Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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