Dan Russell, an RV resort developer, is working on a land swap with Alamosa, Colo., to trade the city some park land on the Rio Grande River for city-owned ranch land.

Russell has proposed in writing to the city council a trade of about 14 acres of his property on what was formerly the Polston Primary School site for about 18 acres of city-owned Alamosa Ranch property, Alamosa’s Valley Courier reported.

The acreage proposed from Russell to the city would allow the city to connect trails along the river between the bridges and would give the city 2.5 acres on the southern edge of the former Polston property where the city could place a parking lot and/or other public use areas such as a dog park or tennis court.

The bulk of the remainder of the Russell property proposed to be given to the city in the trade was “primarily river bottom,” Alamosa Public Works Director Don Koskelin said. He said it has value to the city, but it is not the same type of property that the city would be trading to the RV resort.

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