Superior Completes Purchase of CenturyLink Property

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Superior completes the purchase of the CenturyLink property on the south edge of Town

The acquisition completes the protection of 182 acres of wildlife habitat and mixed-grass prairie land.

SUPERIOR, CO – June 19, 2020 – This week the Town of Superior completed the purchase of 182 acres owned by CenturyLink for $15.063 million. The property has been a long-term top priority for open space acquisition by the Town. The acquisition protects 182 acres of pristine wildlife habitat and mixed-grass prairie land located along the south edge of town along Highway 128.

“The Town has worked determinedly for nearly 15 years to acquire the property,” said Mayor Folsom. “With this parcel in place, we can determine how it can be connected to surrounding trails and open space parcels, while making sure it is fully protected from future development.”

“With the purchase the Town has preserved the scenic views of this highly visible parcel of land and allowed for the continued public enjoyment of a wide variety of native plants, which enhance the beauty of this area,” added Mayor Clint Folsom.

On June 9, Boulder County Commissioners agreed to invest $2.25 million to assist Superior in the purchase and will hold the future conservation easement on the property. County Commissioner Matt Jones said, “This purchase will protect an open space view you literally can see for miles on the top of the hill along SH 128, and it has great grassland and wildlife habitat. It’s fantastic that we can partner with the Town of Superior to protect this scenic vista.”

The Town of Superior is also working with other local governments to secure additional partnership funding. The Conservation Fund, a national non-profit land conservation organization, assisted the Town and its partners in the acquisition and protection of the CenturyLink property.

Property Details
The 182-acre property is largely mixed-grass prairie. The parcel has excellent views including downtown Denver, Longs Peak, the Continental Divide and the Front Range. This ridgeline is visible throughout Superior, including having many existing social trails on the property. It contains no surface water but it does have a small wetland area. There are a few mature trees and the majority of the parcel is mixed prairie grass and mostly pristine. It has a diverse wildlife habitat and is very likely used by wildlife as a migration corridor. It has the potential to be a high regional draw and would be ideal for passive use for its ridgeline views. This property has pieces in both Boulder and Jefferson County.