The City of Lacey is closing in on acquiring 500 acres of pastoral and forest land adjacent to Pleasant Glade Park, according its city manager.
Greg Cuoio announced the proposal to council during a work session Thursday night, calling it a “legacy acquisition” that would open more park space and preserve a vital watershed. The council voted to allow Cuoio to move forward with the proposed acquisition.
The land is owned by Sterling Savings Bank and has a price tag of $4.2 million, Cuoio said. The purchase is subject to final council approval, a clear title and an appraisal.
Money to purchase the land would come from the water utility, as well as the parks and open space and stormwater funds.
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Cuoio said the goal of acquiring the property would be to preserve and protect water quality and habitat in the Woodland Creek watershed. Parks and trails also could be in the property’s future.