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City Takes Steps to Protect Turkey Mountain and River Parks

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City will present a master lease agreement for consideration by the River Parks Authority that could consolidate property leases and strengthen and protect the long-term preservation of more than 900 acres of River Parks land for the public’s use.

"This could be one of the most important preservation initiatives in our city's history," Mayor G.T. Bynum said. "With a master lease agreement, we can preserve Turkey Mountain and the River Parks for future generations, give private donors assurance their philanthropic investments at those locations will be secure, and provide our development community with a crystal clear understanding of the options available to them in the river corridor."

Currently, the City has the option to cancel River Parks leases with only 30 days' notice. The new approach of a master lease agreement could end the cancelation option and further protect park lands. The master lease would also allow River Parks Authority the ability to keep a consistent management process across all properties to foster continued investment and improvements to Turkey Mountain and trail systems.

The master lease agreement is still under review by the River Parks Authority Board of Trustees, but both parties are excited about the potential a new master lease agreement could bring.City will present a master lease agreement for consideration by the River Parks Authority that could consolidate property leases and strengthen and protect the long-term preservation of more than 900 acres of River Parks land for the public’s use.

"This could be one of the most important preservation initiatives in our city's history," Mayor G.T. Bynum said. "With a master lease agreement, we can preserve Turkey Mountain and the River Parks for future generations, give private donors assurance their philanthropic investments at those locations will be secure, and provide our development community with a crystal clear understanding of the options available to them in the river corridor."

Currently, the City has the option to cancel River Parks leases with only 30 days' notice. The new approach of a master lease agreement could end the cancelation option and further protect park lands. The master lease would also allow River Parks Authority the ability to keep a consistent management process across all properties to foster continued investment and improvements to Turkey Mountain and trail systems.

The master lease agreement is still under review by the River Parks Authority Board of Trustees, but both parties are excited about the potential a new master lease agreement could bring.