Provo buys disputed Rock Canyon for $1.6M

Apr 30 2014 - 11:10am

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Provo Mayor John Curtis speaks during a news conference at the Zions Bank building in Provo on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Mayor Curtis announced that the city will be purchasing 80 acres of land in Rock Canyon, ending a multi-decade land dispute and ensuring the preservation of the canyon. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Spenser Heaps)
People watch a video during a press conference at the Zions Bank building in Provo on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Mayor Curtis announced that the city will be purchasing 80 acres of land in Rock Canyon, ending a multi-decade land dispute and ensuring the preservation of the canyon. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Spenser Heaps)
Ginger Woolley, left, of the Rock Canyon Preservation Alliance, hands out photographs of Rock Canyon to State Senator John Valentine (R- Orem) and Sparky Davis during a news conference at the Zions Bank building in Provo on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Provo's Mayor Curtis announced that the city will be purchasing 80 acres of land in Rock Canyon, ending a multi-decade land dispute and ensuring the preservation of the canyon. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Spenser Heaps)
Provo Mayor John Curtis speaks during a press conference at the Zions Bank building in Provo on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Mayor Curtis announced that the city will be purchasing 80 acres of land in Rock Canyon, ending a multi-decade land dispute and ensuring the preservation of the canyon. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Spenser Heaps)
Provo Mayor John Curtis speaks during a news conference at the Zions Bank building in Provo on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Mayor Curtis announced that the city will be purchasing 80 acres of land in Rock Canyon, ending a multi-decade land dispute and ensuring the preservation of the canyon. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Spenser Heaps)
People watch a video during a press conference at the Zions Bank building in Provo on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Mayor Curtis announced that the city will be purchasing 80 acres of land in Rock Canyon, ending a multi-decade land dispute and ensuring the preservation of the canyon. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Spenser Heaps)
Ginger Woolley, left, of the Rock Canyon Preservation Alliance, hands out photographs of Rock Canyon to State Senator John Valentine (R- Orem) and Sparky Davis during a news conference at the Zions Bank building in Provo on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Provo's Mayor Curtis announced that the city will be purchasing 80 acres of land in Rock Canyon, ending a multi-decade land dispute and ensuring the preservation of the canyon. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Spenser Heaps)
Provo Mayor John Curtis speaks during a press conference at the Zions Bank building in Provo on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Mayor Curtis announced that the city will be purchasing 80 acres of land in Rock Canyon, ending a multi-decade land dispute and ensuring the preservation of the canyon. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Spenser Heaps)

PROVO -- Provo Mayor John Curtis says the city has purchased a disputed canyon favored by recreationists for $1.6 million.

Curtis announced Provo's purchase of 80 acres of Rock Canyon at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The canyon has been the center of a long dispute over ownership of and mining on the land.

The former owners, who acquired the land more than 16 years, ago, had wrangled in court over ownership of the property.

One owner, Richard Davis, had sought to mine the canyon for quartz to be used for decorative landscaping.

The other owners granted Provo a conservation easement, agreeing not to mine the land.

Deputy mayor Corey Norman told The Daily Herald of Provo (http://bit.ly/1fNI5SP) that the announcement ends those disputes and will preserve the natural space.

 

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