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County seeks input on new name for Hardscrabble Ranch open space

Contact: Diane Mauriello, Eagle County Open Space Manager, 970-328-8698,

Sept. 17, 2018 – The Eagle County Open Space Department is seeking input from the community on a new name for the Hardscrabble Ranch open space property, located along Brush Creek Road just south of the Town of Eagle. 

The motivation for renaming the Hardscrabble Ranch open space parcel stems from a need to differentiate the property from nearby land areas. “Hardscrabble” is used extensively to refer to the Bureau of Land Management Hardscrabble Special Recreation Management Area between Eagle and Gypsum, as well as Hardscrabble Ranch on Valley Road in Gypsum. Further, the name is not historically significant for the property, according to the Eagle County Historical Society.

Eagle County Open Space is asking the community to vote on two potential names:

Brush Creek Open Space and Ranch
Brush Creek Valley Ranch and Open Space 

Eagle County Open Space staff initially worked with the Eagle County Historical Society and the Open Space Advisory Committee to identify potential names, as well as sought suggestions from the public during community outreach portion of the management planning process. The proposed finalists were vetted by the Eagle County Attorney’s Office to ensure the names were available for use, which resulted in the elimination of several options. 

“The final choices reflect the fact that Brush Creek flows through the property, and the area itself is commonly referred to as the Brush Creek Valley,” noted Eagle County Open Space Manager Diane Mauriello. “Ranch refers to the working ranch aspect of the property and Open Space pays tribute to the fact that this property is now protected and part of the open space program."

Members of the community will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite of the two suggested names at the upcoming Hardscrabble Ranch Management Plan presentation and public comment meeting on Sept. 19, as well as through an online ballot at Write-in suggestions will be accepted but will need to be vetted by the attorney’s office. The Eagle County Board of Commissioners will announce the final name when the management plan for the property is adopted later this fall. 

For more details, contact Mauriello at 970-328-8698.