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More parking found for mountain preserve

Site for lot near proposed zip line

POSTED: November 10, 2013 12:26 a.m.

Sawnee Mountain Preserve likely will gain some land for extra parking.

Forsyth County commissioners approved a contract on Thursday to buy about 2.2 acres next to the park.

The purchase price will be the lesser of about $44,600 an acre or $100,000, depending on the actual acreage according to a survey, the contract states.

Chairman Pete Amos said the money will come from the county’s $100 million parks, recreation and green space bond, which voters approved by referendum in 2008.

The county was searching for land adjacent to the mountain park that could expand parking for a planned zip line, Amos said.

“The Heards were nice enough to sell it to us at a good price,” he said, “and we took them up on it.”

The county put down $10,000 in earnest money, which it will lose if it terminates the contract during the 120-day due diligence period.

The Heard Family Partnership owns the park-adjacent property on Spot Road, which is about 192 acres in total.

Though the preserve is more than 963 acres, the topography wouldn’t allow for a parking area without grading the mountain, Amos said, so the county sought flat land.

The commission recently moved the zip line to another area of the park on the master plan to place it near the Heard property.


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